AM 530a, Fall 2005

Cosmological inflation and Large-Scale Structure

Time & Place: to be determined

Instructor: Alex Buchel, office: MC 264, Ext: 88794, E-mail: abuchel[at]

Office hours: by appointment

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This course is geared for M.Sc. and Ph.D. students enrolled in Collaborative Ph.D. Program in Theoretical Physics. Required previous course work: Quantum Field Theory (AM516 or equivalent) and General Relativity (at the level "Gravitation" by Thorne and Miller or equivalent; preferably "General Relativity" by Wald)

Course outline:

I. The Hot Big-Bang Cosmology:
II. Standard inflationary universe:
III. Inflation and the cosmological perturbations:
IV. Post-inflationary evolution and the origin of large-scale structure:
V. Inflation in string theory:


The primary text are lecture notes "Inflation and the Theory of Cosmological Perturbations" by Antonio Riotto hep-ph/0210162, and a book by Andrew R. Liddle and David H. Lyth "Cosmological Inflation and Large-Scale Structure". Additional resources will be posted on/linked to the course webpage.

Course evaluation:

The course evaluation will be based on several (to be determined) regular problem sets that will be handed in during the term. There is no final exam.


Feedback to the instructor regarding the quality, speed, and content of presentation is especially appreciated during the semester!