Particle Astrophysics

PH3930 Home Page, spring term, 2003


  Royal Holloway, University of London

Lectures by Glen Cowan, office: W262, phone: (01784) 44 3452, e-mail:
Discussion sessions by Stefania Ricciardi, office: W256, phone: (01784) 44 3479, e-mail:

Time and place: lectures are Thursdays from 3 to 5 pm in T125; discussion sessions on Mondays at 1 pm in T125.

Course aims: The main aim of PH3930 is to provide an overview of very early cosmology and to examine the connections -- experimental and theoretical -- between the physics of the early universe and particle physics. In addition the course will provide an overview of astrophysical particle sources, including their experimental investigation and what they can teach us about particle physics and cosmology.

Syllabus: A tentative outline of the course in ps or pdf format.

Lecture notes: notes covering most of the material in the course will be distributed as we go along.

Books: Most of the course material is covered in

Lars Bergstroem and Ariel Goobar, Cosmology and Particle Astrophysics, Wiley, 1999.
Other useful texts include:
A. Guth, The Inflationary Universe, Vintage, 1998;
S. Weinberg, The First Three Minutes, BasicBooks, 1993;
M.S. Longair, High Energy Astrophysics, CUP, 1994;
J.V. Narlikar and F. Hoyle Introduction to Cosmology, CUP, 1993.
H.V. Klapdor-Kleingrothaus and K. Zuber, Particle Astrophysics, IOP, 1997;
G.Boerner, The Early Universe: Facts and Fiction, Springer, 1988.

Some web resources:

Problem sheets:

Problem sheets are a vital part of this course and will form 10% of the course mark. They should be handed in by 5:00 p.m. on the announced due date and can be turned in either in my pigeon hole or in my office, W262. Late submissions will be corrected, but no marks will normally be credited unless the delay is agreed with GDC before the deadline. If you are away ill, you should see me on your return.

  • Problem sheet 1 (due Friday, 24 January): ps, pdf
  • Problem sheet 2 (due Friday, 31 January): ps, pdf
  • Problem sheet 3 (due Friday, 7 February): ps, pdf
  • Problem sheet 4 (due Friday, 14 February): ps, pdf
  • Problem sheet 5 (due Friday, 28 February): ps, pdf
  • Problem sheet 6 (due Friday, 7 March): ps, pdf
  • Problem sheet 7 (due Friday 14 March): ps, pdf

  • Glen Cowan