PHYS4201 Theoretical Astrophysics (2013/14)
Cosmic Structure Formation
18 Lectures in Michaelmas Term
Additional: The Origin and Evolution of Cosmic Structure, P. Coles and F. Lucchin (Wiley, 2nd Edition)
Syllabus: Cosmological perturbations, fluid equations, Jeans theory, non-baryonic dark matter, temperature fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background radiation, spherical collapse model, N-body simulations, statistics of galaxy clustering.
18 lectures in Epiphany Term
Additional: A Short Course in General Relativity, J. Forster and J.D. Nightingale (Springer)
Additional: Black Holes an Introduction, D.J. Raine and E. Thomas (Imperial College Press)
Syllabus: Gravity as curvature, tensor algebra, mathematics of curved spacetime, the Einstein equations, the Schwarzschild metric, weak field tests of general relativity, black holes.
2 lectures in Easter Term, one by each lecturer.
Lectures: 2 one-hour lectures per week
Problem exercises: See http://www.dur.ac.uk/physics/students/problems/