Physics and astronomy
Module code: F3209
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Workshop
Assessment modes: Coursework, Unseen examination
This module covers:
- Overview of observational cosmology – content of the Universe, incl. current evidence for Dark Matter and Dark Energy; evolution and eventual fate of the Universe; cosmic microwave background radiation; nucleosynthesis
- Galaxy formation – linear perturbation theory; growth and collapse of spherical perturbations; hierarchical galaxy formation models
- Galaxy structure and global properties – morphology; stellar populations; spectral energy distributions; galaxy scaling laws
- Global properties of the interstellar medium
- Statistical properties of the galaxy population – luminosity function; mass function; star-formation history of the Universe
- How to detect astrophysical processes in distant galaxies using modern telescopes
- Black holes and active galactic nuclei
- Galaxy clusters and the intracluster medium; galaxy groups
Module learning outcomes
- Gain basic understanding the structure and properties of galaxies, galaxy groups and clusters.
- Gain a basic understanding of the process of galaxy formation and their subsequent evolution and interactions with the intergalactic medium.
- Gain a basic understanding of which telescopes and instruments are used to observe different astrophysical processes in distant galaxies.
- Write a clear, technically accurate, and convincing proposal aimed at securing observing time on a telescope.