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Introduction to Particle Physics and Cosmology - ASTR708

This unit presents an introduction to nuclear and particle physics, and to cosmology. The first part of the course deals with phenomenology of nuclear structure and reactions, relativistic wave equations, and discusses elements of quantum field theory, high energy physics and Grand Unification. The second part of the course applies general relativity and particle physics to the Universe as a whole. The geometry of the Universe and its evolution is discussed via the Friedman equations. The key pieces of evidence for the current concordance model of the Universe (a Big Bang with inflation, dark matter and dark energy) are discussed, including the expanding and accelerating Universe, the Cosmic Microwave Background radiation and the elemental abundances produced by the Big Bang. Both the beginning of the Universe and its ultimate fate are examined with respect to observational evidence. Both parts of the unit may include additional relevant topics from the current research.

Credit Points: 4
When Offered:

S2 Day - Session 2, North Ryde, Day

Staff Contact(s): Dr Joanne Dawson

Admission to MRes Prerequisite Information


Unit Designation(s):
Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Faculty of Science and Engineering

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