
Course Description: This course prepares the student for stateoftheart research in
galaxy formation and evolution. The course focusses on the physical
processes underlying the formation and evolution of galaxies in a LCDM
cosmology. Topics include Newtonian perturbation theory, the spherical
collapse model, formation and structure of dark matter haloes
(including PressSchechter theory), the virial theorem, dynamical
friction, cooling processes, theory of star formation, feedback
processes, elements of stellar population synthesis, chemical
evolution modeling, AGN, and supermassive black holes. The course also
includes a detailed treatment of statistical tools used to describe
the large scale distribution of galaxies and introduces the student to
the concepts of galaxy bias and halo occupation modeling. During the
final lectures we will discuss a number of outstanding issues in
galaxy formation, and the students will present and discuss their term
paper on a current topic in the field of galaxy formation & evolution.
Syllabus:
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Lecture Hours:
Grading: 
40% Final Exam (Oral) 

40% Term Paper & Presentation (topic picked in class) 

20% Problem Sets 
Lecture Notes: 
Lecture 1 
Introduction (The Early Universe, CMB, Inflation) 

Lecture 2 
Cosmology (Riemannian geometry, FRW metric) 

Lecture 3 
Cosmology (General Relativity, Friedmann equations) 

Lecture 4 
Structure Formation in the NonLinear Regime 

Lecture 5 
Evolution of the Linear, Cosmological Density Field 

Lecture 6 
NonLinear Collapse & Relaxation 

Lecture 7 
PressSchechter Theory & Halo Mass Functions 

Lecture 8 
Excursion Set Formalism & Halo Merger Trees 

Lecture 9 
Structure of Dark Matter Haloes 

Lecture 10 
Large Scale Structure 

Lecture 11 
The Halo Model & Halo Occupation Statistics 

Lecture 12 
Cooling & PhotoIonization Heating 

Lecture 13 
Star Formation 

Lecture 14 
Supernova Feedback 

Lecture 15 
Galaxy Interactions & Transformations 

Lecture 16 
Structure & Formation of Disk Galaxies 
Term Paper & Presentation:
Each student will write a term paper (612 pages) on a topic related to galaxy formation
that is of current interest (a list with topics and relevant papers will be made available
in class). Durng the final three classes, the students will present their term paper in
class (2030min) and lead a discussion on their topic.
Textbook:
Galaxy Formation & Evolution
by H. Mo, F. van den Bosch & S. White
This course will closely follow this upperlevel textbook which presents an indepth discussion on all
topics of relevance for the formation and evolution of galaxies. Students are strongly encouraged to
purchase a copy of this textbook, following
(Cambridge University Press, 2010; ISBN 9780521857932, hardcover). 


