This course is discontinued

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Course content

Einstein-Hilbert action and quantum fields in curved spacetimes. Inflation and reheating. Quantum fields at finite temperature. Standard model in the early universe. The Boltzmann equation. Cosmological phase transitions. Baryogenesis. Nucleosynthesis and recombination. Microwave background radiation. Quantum fluctuations and the primordial spectrum. Cosmological pertubation theory.

Learning outcome

The course is aimed at master and PhD students working in cosmology and elementary particle physics. It gives a survey of current approaches to and understanding of the physics of the early universe based on the standard model of particle physics and extension thereof. The level of the lectures will be the same as in the modern research literature.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

Please note that the Department of Physics requires that you register in the beginning of November for advanced courses in physics which are taught in the spring term. See the registration form for further information.

Courses with less than three students registrered will normally be cancelled.

Overlapping courses

3 credits overlap against FYS8110


There will be four lectures a week and problems assigned for homework. At the end of the course, one larger written project will be assigned to each student planning to take the final exam.


There will be a oral final exam in the course material plus the project work.

For detailed information about examinations at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences please see

Facts about this course






Spring 2009

The course is offered if at least four students are registered.


Spring 2009

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)

The course will not be given in the spring semester of 2007.