Cosmology and Structure Formation
Module version of SS 2017
There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.
Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.
|available module versions|
|WS 2020/1||WS 2019/20||SS 2018||SS 2017|
PH2248 is a semester module in language at which is offered irregularly.
This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.
- Specific catalogue of special courses for nuclear, particle, and astrophysics
- Complementary catalogue of special courses for condensed matter physics
- Complementary catalogue of special courses for Biophysics
- Complementary catalogue of special courses for Applied and Engineering Physics
- Specialization Modules in Elite-Master Program Theoretical and Mathematical Physics (TMP)
If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.
|Total workload||Contact hours||Credits (ECTS)|
|300 h||h||10 CP|
Responsible coordinator of the module PH2248 in the version of SS 2017 was Mathias Garny.
Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions
Foundations of modern cosmology: Friedmann-Robertson-Walker metric, Friedmann equations, expansion, early Universe, perturbative expansion around the homogeneous solution, cosmic microwave background radiation, acoustic oscillations, structure formation, power spectrum, linear vs non-linear regime, impact of cosmic neutrino background and neutrino mass, origin of density perturbations and inflation
Theoretical tools for tackling questions in modern cosmology, solving Friedmann equations, computation of the evolution of density perturbations, understanding the relevant physical processes and their theoretical description
No preconditions in addition to the requirements for the Master’s program in Physics. Knowledge of general relativity is helpful, but not compulsory.
Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature
Courses and Schedule
|VO||4||Cosmology and Structure Formation||Garny, M.||
Tue, 08:00–10:00, PH 3344
Thu, 12:00–14:00, PH 3344
|UE||2||Exercise to Cosmology and Structure Formation||Garny, M.||dates in groups|
Learning and Teaching Methods
Description of exams and course work
In a written exam of 90 minutes the learning outcome is tested using comprehension questions and sample problems.
In accordance with §12 (8) APSO the exam can be done as an oral exam. In this case the time duration is 45 minutes.
Current exam dates
Currently TUMonline lists the following exam dates. In addition to the general information above please refer to the current information given during the course.
|Exam to Cosmology and Structure Formation|
|Tue, 2021-03-23||Dummy-Termin. Wenden Sie sich zur individuellen Terminvereinbarung an die/den Prüfer(in). Anmeldung für Prüfungstermin zwischen Di, 23.03.2021 und Sa, 17.04.2021. Melden Sie sich bitte nur an, wenn Sie die Prüfung verbindlich auch nach Lektüre der Informationen unter https://www.tum.de/die-tum/aktuelles/coronavirus/pruefungen/ ablegen werden. // Dummy date. Contact examiner for individual appointment. Registration for exam date between Tue, 2021-03-23 and Sat, 2021-04-17. See https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/coronavirus/coronavirus-exams/ for further information and only register after reading!||till 2021-03-22|