Observational Cosmology

Observational  Cosmology

James Bartlett

In 2023: May 15 to May 19 in the morning, at APC .

NEW SCHEDULE for June 2023:

Tuesday June 6 2023: 10h30-12h00 and 15h30-17h00, salle 483A Condorcet
Wednesday June 7  :      9h30-11h00, salle 483A Condorcet and 12h30-15h30, salle 412B Condorcet
Thursday June 8  :         11h00-12h30 and 14h00-15h30, salle 454A Condorcet
Friday June 9  :               10h30-12h00 and 14h00-17h00, salle 483A Condorcet

In English

3 points  

Informations: TRAINING CODE = ED-SPU-19-1

Foundations and goals of observational cosmology: the cosmic microwave background and dark energy


Cosmology is enjoying a continuing period of exceptional progress and fascinating discoveries thanks to a wealth of important results obtained over the past few years, in particular from the Planck mission and observations of large-scale structure. This progress and the success of the standard cosmological model delineate and motivate a number of key research directions that will drive the field in the coming years.

In this course, we will examine the foundations of the standard cosmological model and what we have learned from recent results. We will then discuss future observational projects and their goals.


  • Review of the standard cosmological model
    • Perturbation theory
    • Dark energy
  • Anisotropies in the cosmic microwave background (CMB)
    • CMB polarization
    • Primordial B modes and lensing B modes
  • Dark energy
    • Geometrical probes: SNIa, BAO, galaxy clusters
    • Geometrical-dynamical probes: lensing, galaxy clusters and RSD
    • Tests of gravity
  • The observational program for the coming years
    • The major projects
    • Where will we be in 5 years? in 10 years?