Physics 555  Cosmology  Spring 2004
Student presentations
One half of the course grade will come from student presentations.
These are to be 20 minutes long, allowing for questions, and should
be aimed at your fellow students. You should provide a brief overview
of the topic you are discussing, and then proceed with the specifics.
You are expected to take the subject well beyond what was covered in lecture,
to be quantitative where possible, and to convey some of your interest
in the subject.
The choice of topic is very much open, so long as it pertains in some
way to the subject of the course. Various possible topics are suggested below,
but you can come up with your own ideas. Students who wish to work
in groups of 23 individuals may do so, and then give backtoback talks,
allowing you to collectively go into much more detail in the subject you
have chosen. In such a case, each person will be graded on the presentation
they give themselves only.
I do not want more than one talk on a given topic, unless it is a group
talk like mentioned above. You must come
to me with the topic you have in mind, and sign up for a date.
Talks are scheduled below.

Monday 5/24, 12:301:50

Prager: CMB (large angle fluctuation spectrum)

Prange: SN evidence for cosmic acceleration

Clark: GUT scale baryogenesis

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Friday 5/28, 12:301:50

Yoshi: VCDM (w < 1 model)

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Wednesday 6/2, 12:302:30, C421 Special
spacetime point!

Drut: Quintessence

Elliott: Axions

Zurek: SUSY Dark Matter

Akcay: Electroweak baryogenesis

Yoon: Gravitational lensing

Lin: Galaxy
Formation

Hahn: Topological defects I

Dominguez: Topological defects II

Sorini: Inflation models

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Some
possible presentation topics (no particular order)

CMB fluctuation spectrum

Theory of acoustic peaks (medium angle)

Connection with inflation

SunyaevZeldovitch effect (small angle)

SachsWolfe effect

Evidence for a reionization epoch (large angle)

Correlations in the quadrupole and octapole moments...is the universe
a dodecahedron? (large angle)

Dark matter

constraints on

axions as a candidate

supersymmetric dark matter candidates

searches for MACHOS

terrestrial searches

evidence for

Inflation

theories of

origin of fluctuations

Cosmology of topological defects

The cosmic distance ladder (techniques for determining distances)

Type 1A supernova observations and evidence for acceleration

Baryogenesis

theories of GUT baryogenesis

theories of electroweak baryogenesis

leptogenesis

Galaxy formation

Galaxies counts and correlations

Star formation

What can be learned from the Lyman alpha forest

Gravitational lensing as an observational tool

Neutrinos in cosmology

BBN in greater detail

recombination in greater detail

Quintessence as dark energy