- George Djorgovski, george[AT]astro.caltech.edu, x-4415, 374 Cahill
- Several other kind volunteers

- Samaporn Tinyanont, st[AT]astro.caltech.edu, x-4987, 255 Cahill

Office hours: TBD

Class times: Tue & Thu, 1-2:30 pm, 219 Cahill

Class summary, syllabus, grading, collaboration policy, texts, etc.

- Homework #1 , due on Fri Jan 20 (pdf file)

- George's slides (4.8 MB pdf file)
- Chris Hirata's notes (2013) (1.8 MB pdf file)
- M. Francis et al. paper explaining the expanding space and some common mistakes and confusion (pdf file) * [arXiv link]

- George's slides (10 MB pdf file)
- "The Hubble Constant", W. Freedman & B. Madore, 2010, ARAA, 48, 673 (1.5 MB pdf file) * [arXiv link]
- "Measuring and Modeling the Universe", ed. W. Freedman, Carnegie Observatories Astrophys. Symp., vol. 2 (2004) (lots of good reviews)
- A good example of a modern joint analysis of various data sets is "The 1% concordance Hubble Constant", C. Bennett et al., ApJ, 794, 135 (2014) [ADS link]
- "The Age of the Galactic Globular System", D. VandenBerg, M. Bolte & P. Stetson, 1996, ARAA, 34, 461 (somewhat dated, but a good review of the subject)
- An old but useful review of nucleocosmochronology is by J. Cowan, F.-K. Thielemann, & J. Truran, "Radioactive Dating of the Elements", ARAA, 29, 447 (1991) [ADS link]

- George's slides (10 MB pdf file)
- O. Lahav & A. Liddle: "The Cosmological Parameters 2014", from the Review of Particle Physics 2014 (aka the Particle Data Book), arXiv/1401.1389
- Planck Mission papers
- Some additional readings on dark energy:
- M. Mortonson, D. Weinberg, & M. White: "Dark Energy: A Short Review", from the Review of Particle Physics 2014 (aka the Particle Data Book), arXiv/1401.0046
- D. Weinberg et al., "Observational Probes of Cosmic Acceleration", arXiv/1201.2434
- J. Frieman, M. Turner, & D. Huterer, "Dark Energy and the Accelerating Universe", ARAA, 46, 385 (2008)
- S. Carroll: "The Cosmological Constant", Living Rev. Rel. 4 (2001) 1, arXiv link
- J. Martin: "Everything You Always Wanted To Know About The Cosmological Constant Problem (But Were Afraid To Ask)", Rep. Prog. Pys. (2009), arXiv/1205.3365
- A. Silvestri & M. Trodden: "Approaches to Understanding Cosmic Acceleration", Rep. Prog. Pys. (2009), arXiv/0904.0024
- E. Linder: "Frontiers of Dark Energy", arXiv/1009.1411
- R. Caldwell & M. Kamionkowski: "The Physics of Cosmic Acceleration", Ann. Rev. Nucl. Part. Sci. (2009) = arxiv/0903.0866
- N. Straumann: "The history of the cosmological constant problem", arXiv link
- Report of the Dark Energy Task Force, astro-ph/0609591

- Some additional readings on CMB cosmology:
- "The Cosmic Symphony", a Sci. Am. article by W. Hu & M. White (2004) (pdf file, 1.9 MB)
- W. Hu, & S. Dodelson, "Cosmic Microwave Background Anisotropies", ARAA, 40, 171 (2002)

- Some additional readings on other cosmological tests:
- S. Allen, A. Evrard, & A. Mantz, "Cosmological Parameters from Observations of Galaxy Clusters", ARAA, 49, 409 (2011)
- J. Carlstrom, G. Holder, & E. Reese, "Cosmology with the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich Effect", ARAA, 40, 643 (2002)
- B. Leibungut, "Cosmological Implications from Observations of Type Ia Supernovae", ARAA, 39, 67 (2001)
- LBL Supernova Cosmology Project and the High-Z Supernova Team
- EAA article on Hubble diagram (pdf file)

Other useful stuff. Please let us know if you find some additional useful links.

CosmoCalc by Ned Wright *
Advanced version *
Time converting *
A. Robotham's CosmoCalc

"Distance measures in cosmology" by D. Hogg

Various lecture notes and review papers:

- Ned Wright at UCLA has a good Cosmology Tutorial
- Ned Wright's cosmology notes (pdf file)
- NED Level 5 (
*many*good articles and books) - Annual Reviews of Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Jayant Narlikar's book "Introduction To Cosmology" (Cambridge Univ. Press, 1993) (Provided by NED Level 5)
- John Peacock's cosmology notes (pdf file)
- M. Trodden & S. Carroll cosmology lectures (pdf file)
- V. Mukhanov's "Physical Foundations of Cosmology" (pdf file)
- B. Ratra & M. Vogeley's "Resource Letter on the Beginning and Evolution of the Universe" (pdf file) * arXiv link
- E. Linder's "Resource Letter on Dark Energy and Acceleration of the Universe" (pdf file) * arXiv link
- L. Ancordoqui's lectures on astrophysics and cosmology (pdf file) * arXiv link
- P.J.E. Peebles: "The Standard Cosmological Model", In Les Rencontres de Physique de la Vallee d'Aosta, ed. M. Greco (1998) (Provided by NED Level 5)
- D. Reid, D. Kittell, E. Arzsnov & G. Thompson: "The Picture of Our Universe: A View From Modern Cosmology" (arXiv)
- A. Heavens: "Statistical techniques in cosmology" (2009), available as arxiv/0906.0664
- D. Waite: "Modern Relativity", an on-line textbook
- Andrew Hamilton's relativity and black holes links
- Sean Carroll's GR textbook (pdf file). And here is a short version

Some additional readings that you may find interesting:

- "Cosmic Journey: A History of Scientific Cosmology" from the American Institute of Physics
- CosmoCoffee (lots of good resources)
- M. Longair, "A Brief History of Cosmology" (pdf file)
- D. Christianson, "Edwin Hubble: A Biographical Retrospective" (pdf file)
- J.-P. Luminet, "The Rise of Big Bang Models, from Myth to Theory and Observations" (pdf file)
- E. Hubble, "Explorations in Space: The Cosmological Program for the Palomar Telescopes" (1951, Proc. Am. Phil. Soc., 95, 461; pdf file)
- Vesto Slipher (a webpage created by John Peacock)
- Who really discovered the expanding universe? arXiv/1104.3031 link
- What is outside the universe?