Learning outcomes of the course unit
The main objective of the course is to discuss, some of the most advanced problems in the theory of the fundamental interactions related to important aspects and observations in astroparticle physics.
Knowledge of Quantum Field Theory and of the Theory of Electroweak interactions is required.
Course contents summary
Generalities, introduction to stellar astrophysics and to the main charachteristic observables. Quantum Electrodynamics and quantum vacuum. Effective field theories ( introduction). Cosmic rays and acceleration mechanisms. Neutrino masses and oscillations. CP violation and matter-antimatter asimmetry. The cosmological constant and the dark energy. Dark matter.
A.D.Dolgov,M.V.Sazhin,Ya.B.Zeldovich, 'Basics of Modern Cosmology', Editions Frontieres, Gif-sur-Yvette, France
S.Weinberg, “Gravitation and Cosmology: principles and applications of the general theory of relativity” John Wiley & Sons. Inc.
M.S.Longair, “High energy astrophysics”, Cambridge University Press
P.J.E. Peebles, “The cosmological constant and Dark Energy” astro-ph/0207347 “Tasi lectures on Dark Matter”
Keith A. Olive, astro-ph/0301505