The purpose of the course is to become familiar with seminal papers in the field of astrophysics and cosmology — the papers that everybody knows and cites, but never really read in-depth.
Note that the course is a so-called "special syllabus"; a maximum of 10 ECTS is allowed for special syllabi plus external courses.
When you have completed the course, you will have a knowledge of the basics of important contributions to astrophysics. The actual chosen papers will depend on the preferences of the attendees, but will focus on galaxies and cosmology. A list of suggestion for papers is found below.
As an important part of the course is presenting the papers, as well as receiving feedback, the students will also become comfortable with speaking about topics that are somewhat outside their own studies — something which will be valuable as a future scientist.
The course runs over a semester. We will meet bi-weekly for 2 hours. The students will take turns on giving a presentation of the paper, which will then lead to a discussion. All students are expected to participate actively, e.g. by having prepared questions. There may also be small assignments to solve.
Admission and prerequisites
Students can sign up for the course by writing directly to me at .
Students must hold a Master's degree in physics or astronomy.
Evaluation and examination
The course is passed by
participating actively in all discussions,
presenting a number of papers (depending on how many students are attending the course), and
passing an oral exam
After completion of the course, there will be an oral exam where the student draws a random paper from the course and presents it.
List of classic papers
Click table headers to sort table; click reference to go to paper.
Note that "Citations" sorts according to first digit; I haven't been able to code this up properly.