ICTP-East African Institute for Fundamental Research
KIST2 Building CST
University of Rwanda
Short Course on Cosmology
The goal of these short courses in cosmology is to develop and instil skills, knowledge, and understanding of the origin and evolution of the the Universe, from the Big Bang to the formation of stars and galaxies and to its final fate in the distant future.
Cosmology is the scientific study of the Universe as a whole: its origin, constituents, evolution and final fate. Since the work of Newton, Einstein and Hawking, its aim has been to explain a constantly increasing amount of observational data in a unified mathematical framework. Using the tools of general relativity and modern particle physics, it describes how the Universe we see, full of stars and galaxies, emerged from an extremely hot and dense initial state known as the Big Bang, and tries to understand if its present expansion will continue forever or eventually halt to re-collapse into a final Big Crunch.
The goal of this course is to provide an overview of the basic principles of the discipline.
- Basics of General Relativity
- The expanding Universe: distances and horizons
- The Hot Big Bang model and the thermal history of the Universe - Primordial nucleosynthesis and the origin of elements
- Dark Matter and Dark Energy: the fate of the Universe
- Shortcomings of the model and cosmic inflation
- Cosmological perturbations and Large Scale Structures
This workshop is open to researchers in physics and mathematics. Classes will take place every afternoon from 2 PM to 5 PM at ICTP-EAIFR in the KIST2 building, CST, Nyarugenge Campus.
There is no attendance fee, but participants are requested to reserve by email in advance due to the limited number of seats.
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