AST9420 – Cosmology II
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Changes in the course due to coronavirus Spring 2020
Teaching and examinations will take place digitally. This may result in changes to your schedule, mandatory activities, exam form and grading scale. See updated information on the semester page and in Canvas.
This course provides the basic knowledge to understand the history and properties of the large scale structures of our Universe. In particular, by numerically solving the Einstein and the Boltzmann equations, one understands how clusters of galaxies and the fluctuations, in both temperature and polarization, in the cosmic microwave background radiation are formed and what their main statistical properties are.
After completing this course:
- you will be familiar with the principles and equations of Einstein General Relativity, and be able to solve them in some specific cases.
- you will be able to describe, qualitatively and quantitatively important epochs in the early Universe, such as inflation, recombination and the formation of cosmic microwave background radiation.
- you will know how to obtain equations from the linearly perturbed Einstein Equations that describe the formation of structures in the universe, and solve them analytically and numerically.
- you will understand what the main statistical observables are, which can be applied to large scale structure datasets, and from them obtain the main properties of our Universe, and the laws that describe it.
- you will be able to present the results of numerical analysis in a written report.
Admission to the course
PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.
If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.
PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.
Recommended previous knowledge
- 10 credits overlap with AST5220 – Cosmology II.
Teaching extends over one semester. There will be four hours of lectures/tutorials each week.
A numerical project assignment with a written report will constitute 30% and a final four-hour written exam will constitute 70% of the final grade.
It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: AST5220 – Cosmology II
Examination support material
No aids allowed during the final written examinations
Language of examination
Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English. You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.
Resit an examination
Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.
Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.