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Schäfer, Björn Malte: Cosmology: From the Large-Scale Structure of Spacetime to Galaxy Formation, Heidelberg: Heidelberg University Publishing, 2022.

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Published 15.12.2022.


Björn Malte Schäfer


From the Large-Scale Structure of Spacetime to Galaxy Formation

Lecture Notes

The lecture notes give an overview of modern cosmology: After introducing the necessary concepts from general relativity, the FLRW-class of cosmological models is discussed, with emphasis on dark energy. Cosmic structure formation, the necessity of dark matter and the interplay between statistics and nonlinear fluid mechanics are treated in detail. The physics behind cosmological observations that have led to the standard model of cosmology is explained, in particular supernovae, the cosmic microwave background and gravitational lensing.

Björn Malte Schäfer works at Heidelberg University on problems in modern cosmology, relativity, statistics, and on theoretical physics in general.

Front matter
A Cosmology and the dynamics of the Universe
B Gravity and concepts of relativity
C FLRW-cosmologies
D Observations of FLRW-dynamics
E Thermodynamics and cosmology
F Early universe and cosmic inflation
G Fluid mechanics
H Cosmic structure formation
I Statistics in cosmology