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Cosmology and Particle Astrophysics

  • 7.5 credits

Observations of the total solar eclipse of 29 May 1919 brought an end to the Newtonian description of the Universe, and paved the way for one governed by Einstein’s equations. This paradigm shift opened up a new cosmology, tying together particle physics, observational astronomy, and philosophy.

This course will give a short introduction to general relativity, gravitational radiation, gravitational lensing, Big Bang cosmology, cosmological parameters, thermodynamics in the early universe, the cosmic microwave background, cosmic inflation, and structure formation.

  • Course structure

    This is a first cycle course given at half speed during daytime.

    Teaching format

    The teaching consists of online lectures, Flipped Classroom (FC) meetings, and problem solving sessions.


    The course is examined through written and/or oral exams.


    Edvard Mörtsell , tel: 08 5537 8535, e-mail:

    Edvard Mörtsell , tel: 08 5537 8535, e-mail:
    Problem sessions:
    Axel Widmark , tel: , e-mail:


  • Schedule

    This is a preliminary schedule and is subject to continuous change. For this reason, we do not recommend print-outs. At the start of the course, your institution will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.

    Schedule FK7050 Autumn 2019

  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
    • ”Cosmology and Particle Astrophysics,” by I. Bergstrom and A. Goobar, Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg (2004)
    • “The universe as a particle,” by E. Mortsell, Eur. J. Phys. 37 (2016)
  • Contact

    Academic advisor at the Department of Physics: