8.942 Cosmology

Fall 2001

Cold hot dark matter model.
Potential and density for a mixed cold+hot dark matter model with Ωv = 0:2. (Image courtesy Prof. Edmund Bertschinger.)

Course Highlights

This course includes extensive readings with many downloadable technical papers, as well as problem sets.

Course Description

This course provides an overview of astrophysical cosmology with emphasis on the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) radiation, galaxies and related phenomena at high redshift, and cosmic structure formation. Additional topics include cosmic inflation, nucleosynthesis and baryosynthesis, quasar (QSO) absorption lines, and gamma-ray bursts. Some background in general relativity is assumed.
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Prof. Edmund Bertschinger

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session