Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology
Fall Semester 2004
Coordinator: Prof. Yannick Meurice
The microwave sky image from
the WMAP mission
The gamma-ray sky image from EGRET
The general theme of the seminar will be the interface between
astrophysics and particle physics with emphasis on recent progress in
- The seminar is intended for science majors who already
an introductory physics sequence (29:27-28, 29:11-12,
29:81-82 or equivalent).
- It can be taken for one s.h. and will be
graded pass/fail (S-F).
- Students who have completed intermediate
courses on electricity and magnetism (29:129-130 ) and quantum
(29:140-141) may consider taking the seminar simultaneously
General Relativity and Cosmology ,
offered this fall, and
a more in-depth discussion of big-bang cosmology.
The seminar will meet once a week 8:30-9:20 on Tuesdays in
Room 301 VAN.
- VAN 514
- Office Hours: Mondays 10:45-11:45 AM , Tuesdays 9:40-10:40
and Thursdays 9:30-10:30 AM or by appointment.
The talks will be given in part by faculty, in part by undergraduate
students and in part by external
speakers. During some weeks of the semester (see below) external
speakers will give
a colloquium on Monday at 3:30 that the students taking the
should attend if possible.
Students who are not able to attend the colloquium will have to read
some introductory article on a related
|Aug. 31: Prof. Philip Kaaret
|Black Holes in X-Ray Binaries
|Sept. 7: Prof. Y. Meurice
|Introduction to Cosmology
|Sept 14: Prof. Y. Meurice
||Introduction to Cosmology
|Sept. 21: No seminar
|Sept. 28: Prof. Hallsie
|TBA, probably related to
|Oct. 5: Prof. Martin Pohl , Iowa
|The Non-Thermal Universe
|Oct. 12: Dr. Dominique Toublan,
U. of Illinois
||Very Hot and Very Dense Matter
|Oct 19: Prof. Y. Meurice
|Introduction to Inflationary
|Oct. 26: Prof. Daniel Chung,
Univ. of Wisconsin
||Connecting High Energy Theory
|Nov. 1: Dr. Julie McEnery,
|High Energy Gamma-ray
Observations of Gamma-ray Bursts
|Nov. 8:Prof. V. Rodgers
|Strings and Geometry
|Nov. 22: No seminar
M. Roos, Introduction to Cosmology, Wiley, 2004.
D. Perkins, Particle Astrophysics, Oxford, 2003.
These books are on reserve at the Physics Library.
R. Wald, Space, Time and Gravity, The Theory of Big Bang and Black
Holes, University of Chicago Press, 1992.
S. Weinberg, The First Three Minutes, Perseus Books, 1993.
A. Taylor and J. Wheeler, Exploring Black Holes, Addison-Wesley, 2000.
H. Ohanian and R. Ruffini, Gravitation and Spacetime, Norton, 1994.
K. Thorne, Black Holes and Time Warps, Norton, 1994.
C. Misner, K. Thorne and J. Wheeler, Gravitation, Freeman, 1973.
P. A. M. Dirac, General Theory of Relativity, Princeton, 1975.
S. Weinberg, Gravitation and Cosmology, Wiley, 1972.
Readings and Homeworks
A reading assignment will be provided each week in order to prepare the
students for the next seminar. Students should plan on spending at
least two hours/week on readings. There will be a few homework
assignments (questions related to the readings). In the list
given below R =
Roos and P= Perkins (see textbooks).
|read R: Chapter 2 and
|read R: Chapter 4
|read P: Chapter 2; solve
problems 2.1 , 2.2, 2.4, 2.5 and 2.6
|read P. Chapter 1 ; solve
problems 1.1 and 1.3.
|read P. Chapter 6 ; solve
problems 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3
|read P. Chapter 7; attend
colloquium on Monday 10/4 3:30
read P. Chapter 3; attend
colloquium on Monday 10/11 3:30; see also the Alice
|read P. Chapter 4;
|read P. Chapter 5; Problems 5.1
and 5.2 attend
colloquium on Monday 10/25 3:30
|attend colloquium on Monday 11/1
The class will be graded as S-F. Students who complete the readings,
attend the seminars and become familiar with the basic material
will be given S.
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Students with disablities should also contact the Office of Student
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- A student who has a complaint related
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the student should attempt to resolve the matter with the
instructor first. If the complaint is not resolved to the student's
satisfaction, the student should go to the course supervisor (if the
instructor is a teaching assistant) or to Associate Chair, Professor
- If the matter remains unresolved, the
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recommend appropriate action. In any event, the associate dean will
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may decide, in consultation with the departmental executive officer, to
reduce the student's grade on the assignment or the course, even to
assign an F. The instructor writes an account of the chronology of the
plagiarism or cheating incident for the DEO (Associate Chair), who
sends an endorsement of the written report of the case to the Associate
Dean for Academic Programs, CLAS.
A copy of the report will be
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The College guideline is that one semester
hour of credit is the equivalent of approximately three hours of work
(class time + out-of-class preparation) each week over the course of a
whole semester. In a typical lecture/discussion course, each hour of
class normally entails at least two hours of outside preparation for
the average student (e.g., in a three-credit-hour lecture course,
standard out-of-class preparation is six hours per week). This standard
is the basis on which the Registrar's Office assigns hours of
University credit for courses.
STUDENT RIGHTS AND
- The College's
Educational Policy Committee suggests that syllabi include a section on
student rights and responsibilities. They suggest the following:
- "All students
in the College have specific rights and responsibilities. You have the
right to adjudication of any complaints you have about classroom
activities or instructor actions. Information on these procedures is
available in the Schedule of Courses and on-line in the College's
Student Academic Handbook (http://www.clas.uiowa.edu/students/academic_handbook/).
You also have the right to expect a classroom environment that enables
you to learn, including modifications if you have a disability."
responsibilities to this class-and to your education as a whole-include
and participation. (Here an instructor could put specific information
on his/her or the department's attendance policy.) You are also
expected to be honest and honorable in your fulfillment of assignments
and in test-taking situations (the College's policy on plagiarism and
cheating is on-line in the College's Student Academic Handbook http://www.clas.uiowa.edu/students/academic_handbook/).
You have a responsibility to the rest of the class-and to the
instructor-to help create a classroom environment where all may learn.
At the most basic level, this means that you will respect the other
members of the class and the instructor, and treat them with the
courtesy you hope to receive in turn."
- This course is given by the College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences. This means that class policies on matters such as
requirements, grading, and sanctions for academic dishonesty are
governed by the College of Liberal Arts and
Students wishing to add or drop this course after the official deadline
must receive the approval of the Dean of the College of Liberal
Arts and Sciences . Details of the University policy of cross
enrollments may be found at: