Announcements: – Midterm will be held in class on Oct. 27. Closed books.
– 10/28/15 update: Here are the midterm and midterm solutions. To obtain your actual percentage grade for the midterm, calculate min(1.33*G, 100%) if you are registered for Astron 329 or min(1.27*G, 100%) if you are registered for Astron 429, where G is your percentage grade before adjustment. With these renormalizations, the midterm averages are 80% for both Astron 329 and Astron 429.
Slides shown in class:
Observational overview (including CMB discovery and Hubble’s law)
Review article on large-scale structure in of the Universe
A colloquium-level overview of the cosmological constant problem by Raphel Bousso
Vera Rubin article in Physics Today about her discovery of flat galaxy rotation curves
Leonard Susskind’s lectures at Stanford provide a complementary presentation of several of the concepts discussed in class
These slides by Hans Kristian Eriksen contain a clear introduction to the CMB angular power spectrum
Wayne Hu gas several excellent CMB tutorials that are well worth reading to gain a deeper understanding
Max Tegmark has several very instructive animations showing how the CMB power spectrum varies with cosmological parameters
This section of the ARA&A article by White, Scott & Silk (1994) gives a clear explanation of the Sachs-Wolfe effect giving rise to CMB temperature fluctuations on large scales
Ned Wright’s Cosmology Calculator is a very handy for simple cosmological calculations
Martin White has a good explanation of baryonic acoustic oscillations
Daniel Eisenstein has more pedagogical material about the SDSS detection of BAOs