Cohort: SS Physics and Astrophysics, SS Theoretical Physics (optional)
Lecturer: Professor B. Espey
Duration: Hilary & Michaelmas Term, 20 lectures
Assessment: Continuous Assessment 50%; End of Year Exam 50%.
Description: Starting with basic cosmological observations and the basic postulates of the Cosmological Principle, this course derives far-reaching results using Newtonian principles. The basic three equations of cosmology are used to study the evolution of the Universe, baryogenesis, and the growth of structure. Theory is compared with the most recent observational results concerning Dark Matter and Dark Energy, together with possible future observational and research directions.
Course text: Introduction to Modern Cosmology, by Andrew Liddle, 2nd. edition, Wiley