A summer school on "Cosmology and the High-Redshift Universe" is arranged in August 2002 in Abisko, Sweden for students from the Nordic and Baltic countries. The school aims at introducing beginning Ph.D. students to a broad range of topics in current cosmological research. The goal of the school is to give the students the necessary theoretical background and understanding of the current observational capabilities to be able to actively participate in research in these fields. In addition to the lectures, we will also reserve a significant fraction of time for active student participation in small project groups, supervised by the lecturers, and for presentations of student work.
List of topics and lecturers:
- The Cosmic Microwave Background
Anthony Lasenby (Cavendish Astrophysics Group, University of Cambridge)
- The Early Universe -- I. Inflation
Dominik Schwarz (Institut für Theoretische Physik, Technische Universität Wien and CERN)
- The Early Universe -- II. Big Bang Nucleosynthesis
Steen Hannestad (NORDITA)
- Dark Matter
Lars Bergström (University of Stockholm)
- Dark Energy
Ariel Goobar (University of Stockholm)
- Weak Gravitational Lensing
Håkon Dahle (NORDITA)
- Sub-mm Cosmology
David Hughes (INAOE)
- Galaxy Formation
Jesper Sommer-Larsen (TAC, University of Copenhagen)
- Gamma-ray Bursts, Damped Lyman-alpha Absorbers and Lyman-alpha Emitters as Cosmological Probes
Johan Fynbo (European Southern Observatory, Garching bei München)
- Introduction to Neutrino Physics
Tommy Ohlsson (Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm)
Who may apply? The course is targeted towards doctoral students in the beginning phase of their doctoral program, or masters students in their final semester. Preference will be given to students planning to pursue research in cosmology and related topics in physics and astronomy. Funding is restricted to students from the Nordic-Baltic region (including northwestern Russia).
How to apply?
- Ask a university teacher/supervisor familiar with your work to write a short recommendation letter for your participation at the school. Please note that when you submit your application, your teacher will automatically receive an email asking for a recommendation letter on your behalf. The letter should be sent to the school via the online form.
- The deadline for applications was May 1st, 2002.
How much does it cost? The selected participants from the Nordic-Baltic region (about 30 students) will participate free of charge. This includes traveling to and from Abisko (cheapest tickets), housing and food in Abisko.
In addition to the organization committee there is a group of national contacts that can provide further information about the course and help in the application procedure.
The summer school is sponsored by NorFA and NORDITA (Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics).