Extargalactic Astrophysics & Cosmology

Dublin City University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Extargalactic Astrophysics & Cosmology

  • Host University

    Dublin City University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Astronomy, Physics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course provides the student with a background in modern cosmology and exoplanets. The course presents a physical description of the structure and formation of galaxies, clusters and large-scale structure in an expanding Universe dominated by dark matter and dark energy. The discovery techniques of exoplanets are explained, as are the methods that can be used to characterise their bulk properties and atmospheres. Also included are the evolution of planetary systems and the mechanisms involved. 

    Learning Outcomes
    1. Outline and discuss the structure and kinematics of the Milky Way Galaxy, know properties of supermassive black holes and Sgr A*
    2. Understand the formation and merger of galaxies and be able to compare different types of Galaxies
    3. Describe categories of active galaxies and models for emission properties
    4. Discuss the contents, history and origin of the Universe, know the relation between the contents of the Universe and its evolution.
    5. Describe different exoplanet discovery techniques, as well as their biases, limitations and strengths
    6. Be able to determine the bulk properties of exoplanets from observational data
    7. Describe the different ways in which exoplanet atmospheres can be characterised, and link different methods to the intrinsic properties of the exoplanet atmosphere
    8. Describe different scenarios for the formation and evolution of close-in planets