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SC03101709, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course First cycle degree in
SC1160, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination COSMOLOGY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Physics and Astronomy
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
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Other lecturers GIULIA RODIGHIERO FIS/05

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines FIS/05 Astronomy and Astrophysics 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2008 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
6 Commissione Cosmologia 2018-2019 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 FRANCESCHINI ALBERTO (Presidente)
RODIGHIERO GIULIA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Calculus 1, 2, and 3. Physics 1 and 2. Fundamentals of Relativity.
Target skills and knowledge: Analysis of observational data. Kinematics and dynamics of the universe. Models of the universe. History of the universe.
Examination methods: Oral exam about of the contents of the course.
Assessment criteria: Knowledge of all the contents of course, ability to make connections among all the different topics, ability to use the law of the physics to describe the observed properties of the universe.
Course unit contents: 1) Observational cosmology: galaxies, groups of galaxies, clusters, superclusters. Hubble law. Peculiar velocities. The cosmological large scale structure. Dark matter. Cosmic radiations. Other constituents of the universe (hot plasmas, neutrinos, cosmic rays, dark energy, gravitational waves). The distant universe, active galaxies, radiogalaxies and quasars as cosmic lighthouses. Evidences for evolution of the properties of the universe with time.
2) Properties of the universe on the large scales, evidences for isotropy and homogeneity. The cosmological principle, deduction of the Robertson-Walker metric. Friedman models for an homogeneous and isotropic universe, matter dominated and radiation dominated universes. Cosmological dynamics based on General Relativity.
3) Cosmological observables, the redshift, cosmic distances. Volumes. Number counts of sources, effects of evolution, source contributions to the radiations. Effects of a cosmological constant, modifications to the dynamics. Observational test from the Hubble diagram of type 1a supernovae.
4) Fundamental phases of the thermodynamical evolution of the universe. Equivalence, radiation era, recombination, reionization. The cosmic microwave background ,origin and evolution. Cosmological nucleosynthesis.
5) The phenomenon of galactic activity. Radiosources. Quasar.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures and exercises. Lectures are given in Italian.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Lecture notes available through the website of the course on the e-learning platform of the Department of Physics and Astronomy "G. Galilei" ( Suggested textbooks.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Rowan-Robinson, Michael, Cosmology. Oxford: Clarendon press, 2004. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Longair, Malcolm S., Galaxy Formation. Berlin: Springer, 2008. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Schneider, Peter, Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology: an Introduction. Berlin: Springer, 2006. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Weinberg, Steven, Gravitation and Cosmology. New York: Wiley, 1972. Cerca nel catalogo

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