Topics in Modern Cosmology

Course description

All the details on place, time and ECTS credit points are available on the KSL

The course is held in the second half of the fall semester 2016. It takes place on Thursdays (10.11. / 17.11. / 08.12.) and on Tuesdays (22.11. / 29.11. / 06.12. / 13.12. / 20.12.) from 10-12 in room ExWi B1.

In this course we discuss some open issues in cosmology. Specifically, we analyse some illustrative inflationary models and we determine their signatures on the cosmic microwave background and on gravitational wave observables. We also review the puzzle of the baryon asymmetry of the universe and recent proposals aiming to solve the problem. Finally, we describe the experimental evidence for dark matter and highlight some classic ideas on how to reproduce the correct dark matter abundance and phenomenology.

The content of the course includes

  • Brief review of the bases
  • Equilibrium and out-of-equilibrium thermodynamic
  • Baryogenesis
  • Dark matter
  • Inflation and cosmological perturbations
  • Cosmic microwave and gravitational wave backgrounds


  • G. Bertone, Particle Dark Matter: Observations, Models and Searches, Cambridge, UK: Univ. Pr. (2010)
  • S. Dodelson, Modern Cosmology, Amsterdam, Netherlands: Academic Pr. (2003)
  • E.W. Kolb and M.S. Turner, The Early Universe, Front.Phys. 69 (1990)
  • V. Mukhanov, Physical Foundations of Cosmology, Cambridge University Press (2005)
  • F. Hoyle, G. Burbidge and J. V. Narlikar, A Different Approach to Cosmology, Cambridge University Press (2008)
  • L. Bergstrom and A. Goobar, Cosmology and Particle Astrophysics, Praxis Publishing (1999)


Dr. Germano Nardini