After completing the course, the student is expected to be able to:
Account for the formation, evolution and spatial distribution of galaxies
Account for the stellar, gas, dust and dark matter content of galaxies
Account for the physics of active galactic nuclei and supermassive black holes
Account for observational methods relevant for the study of galaxies at different epochs in the history of the Universe
Perform calculations in the field of extragalactic astronomy
Identify, summarise and present the content of research papers relevant for some subfield of extragalactic astronomy
Analyse observational extragalactic data and formulate conclusions based on these
Propose strategies for observations and theoretical models that may lead to new insight about unsolved problems in extragalactic astronomy
The Milky Way system and the Local Group. Galaxy clusters and large-scale structure. Stars, gas and dust in galaxies of different types. Galaxy dynamics. Dark matter in galaxies. Supermassive black holes and active galactic nuclei. The intergalactic medium and the reionisation of the Universe. Gravitational lensing. The formation of stars and galaxies at high redshifts.
Lectures, exercise sessions, seminars and a laboratory exercise.
Seminars (2.5 credits), hand-in exercises (2.5 credits), laboratory exercise (2.5 credits) and written and oral presentation of a literature assignment (2.5 credits).
week 05, 2015
Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology : an introduction