Welcome to Galaxies and Observational Cosmology

Welcome to the course "Galaxies and observational cosmology" (ASM410 at GU, RRY091 at Chalmers), spring 2015!

The first lecture is on Tuesday 24 March 2015, in room ES51 (the house "Linsen", EDIT-building at Chalmers Johanneberg). 

Map: http://www.chalmers.se/HyperText/Maps.html.

Schedule: Tuesdays 13.15-15.00, (Wednesday 15.15-17.00 some weeks), Thursdays 15.15-17.00 and Fridays 13.15-15.00, but note that there are many deviations from this schedule (for a complete schedule, see the document CourseInformation.pdf). Important dates: Friday 22 May is the last day to hand in the written presentation. Last lecture: Friday 29 May (compulsory: presentations by students). Written exam: Friday 5 June 2015, 14.00–18.00 (re-exam Wednesday 26 August 2015, 14.00–18.00).

Literature: “Galaxies in the Universe, An Introduction”, L.S. Sparke and J.S. Gallagher, Cambridge University Press, 2nd edition (2007). Can be bought at Cremona. Also available in print and electronically at Chalmers Library. Other material to be handed out during lectures (and/or posted on the web site).

Lecturers and examiners: Magnus Thomasson (magnus.thomasson@chalmers.se) and Cathy Horellou (cathy.horellou@chalmers.se).

Note: The information here (GUL) is not complete; please use the PingPong system at Chalmers instead: https://pingpong.chalmers.se/courseId/5232/content.do?id=2279489 

The aim of the course is to provide a comprehensive review of extragalactic astronomy and cosmology, with special emphasis on recent observational discoveries. The properties of different types of galaxies will be discussed and compared in a cosmological context. The students will gain an understanding of the galaxies that populate our universe and learn about the current cosmological model which include dark matter and dark energy. The dark energy is a component with negative pressure held responsible for the observed acceleration of the cosmic expansion. Understanding the nature of dark matter and dark energy is one of the greatest challenges of modern cosmology.

Learning outcome (after completion of this course, the student should be able to)


Lectures and exercises.

A written exam with essay questions and calculations, plus an oral and written presentation of a recent scientific article.