Introduction to Astroparticle Physics

Why should you take this course?

Today the observation of astrophysical and cosmological phenomena seems the most promising way towards discoveries in fundamental physics. If you want to have a job in fundamental physics or be able to appreciate the coming progress, the basic knowledge in this subject is highly recommended.

Who is this course recommended for?

The course will target students in the third year and above. However, if you are younger but have a strong interest in the subject you should certainly join as well.

When: Course start on 06.02.2019 at 14.00
Where: CP³ Meeting Room


Cosmology (two lectures)
What you will learn: General global equations for the dynamics of the universe (in a nutshell).

Lecture 1 on the 13.02: Course Introduction, General Relativity and its homogeneous and isotropic solution, the Friedmann Equations: AstroParticlesLecture1
Lecture 2 on the 20.02: The hot Universe, from the hot soup to first nuclei and atoms: Astroparticle Lecture 2

Dark Matter (four lectures)
What you will learn: Everything you need to know about the biggest unsolved question of fundamental physics today. And of course the basics of todays’ experimental research to solve it.

Lecture 3 on the 27.02: Observational evidence for Dark Matter: Astroparticle Lecture 3
Lecture 4 on the 06.03: The thermally produced weakly interacting massive particle, the WIMP: Astroparticle Lecture 4
Lecture 5 on the 13.03 (Special time: 10:15-12:00): Indirect Astrophysical detection of Dark Matter Astroparticle Lecture 5
Lecture 6 on the 20.03: Direct detection of Dark Matter Astroparticle Lecture 6

The Strong CP-Problem and the Axion (two lectures)
What you will learn: An introduction to a technical problem of the strong nuclear force sector with an elegant solution and a possible Dark Matter candidate.

Lecture 7 on the 27.03: The strong CP problem of the nuclear force and the Peccei-Quinn solution (Axions) Astroparticle Lecture 7
Lecture 8 on the 03.04 (Special time: 10:15-12:00): The Axions as Dark Matter candidates and how to detect them. Wrap up of the course and open question session. Astroparticle Lecture 8

Teacher: Juri Smirnov
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