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The Cosmological Constant

At 51 Brattle St. except where noted otherwise.
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Time Topic
First Day: Context and theory
9:00 am The puzzle and question: brief intro
9:30 The players: Cosmic Inventory
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:15 The stage: History of the Universe
12:15 Lunch
1:15 Kinematics I and Inflation
3:15-3:30 Break
3:30 Theories of Lambda and of maybe not lambda
7:30 pm Evening Lowell Lecture on the Infrared Cosmos by G. Fazio at Hayden Planetarium
(group is waitlisted for tickets, tickets released at 7:15 pm at Planetarium, Boston Museum of Science)
Second Day: Kinematics and related observations
9:00 am The Friedmann equation and kinematics
Classical Cosmological Tests: Age Test
10:15 Break
10:30 Classical Cosmological Tests: SN Test
12:00 Lunch
1:15 pm Visit to Hectospec (D. Fabricant)
meet at 1:00 pm at Brattle St., walk to 160 Concord Ave.
1:45 ~ 2 Classical Cosmological Tests: Alcock-Paczynski Test
3:30 Break
3:45 Classical Cosmological Tests: Lensing Counts
Third Day: Curvature and structure formation tests, current status and outlook
9 am Curvature of space: the cosmic microwave background
10:30 Break
Structure formation
Cluster baryon fraction
12:30 Lunch
1:30Visit to MEGACAM (B. McLeod)
meet at Porter Exchange, 1815 Mass. Ave.
2:30 Afternoon lectures to be held at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street , Pratt Auditorium
Recap and synthesis: current directions and questions
3:30 Break
3:45 The future of the universe
Future directions

Course home page: http://astron.berkeley.edu/~jcohn/chaut/

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