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material outside the University.
Copies of lecture notes will appear here as the course proceeds. Note that additional material will be provided in the lectures themselves.
|Galaxies and their properties Structure of the Milky Way galaxy; rotation curves and dark matter; classification of normal galaxies; active galaxies and quasars (2 lectures)
|Large scale structure of the Universe Measuring cosmological distances and redshifts; mapping the Local Group and Local Supercluster; distribution of clusters and superclusters (2 lectures)
|The expanding Universe The Hubble expansion; isotropy and homogeneity: the Cosmological Principle; cosmological models: open, closed and flat; weighing the Universe: further evidence for dark matter (4 lectures)
|The Early Universe Radiation and matter-dominated eras; the cosmic microwave background radiation; from the CMBR to galaxy formation (2 lectures)
Some Interesting WWW Links relating to Cosmology
Click here to link to the homepage of the Hubble Space Telescope
Click here to link to the website of the World's Largest Optical Telescopes
Click here to link to the ESO Very Large Telescope homepage
Click here to link to the homepage of the HST Key Project to measure the expansion rate of the Universe (i.e. the Hubble constant)
Click here to link to the homepage of the Supernova Cosmology Project, to measure the curvature of the universe using very distant supernovae
Click here to link to the homepage
of the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe,
which has recently measured very accurately temperature fluctuations in
the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation (CMBR)
Click here to link to Max Tegmark's CMBR data analysis centre, where temperature variations in the CMBR are studied as a probe of the cosmological model and of galaxy formation (very technical, but great animations and movies)
Click here to link to the homepage of the VIRGO Consortium, who are running very large computer simulations of galaxy formation.