Institute for Particle and Nuclear Physics, Charles University in Prague

September 9-13 2013

Topics in cosmology

Prof. Antonio W. Riotto

Intensive introductory graduate-level course on selected topics in modern early-Universe cosmology covering topics in inflation, structure formation, cosmic microwave background (CMB) anisotropy etc. in the framework of the Central European Joint Programme (CEJP) of doctoral studies in theoretical physics (particle physics, gravity and cosmology)

The scope of the course is to provide an elementary introduction to one of the most lively subjects in the modern cosmology providing not only extremely valuable information about the global structure of the Universe and the processes shaping it but also about several important puzzles of today's particle physics such as the absolute neutrino mass scale and the character of the hypothetical dark matter.

Everybody is welcome!


  • Course
  • The course will consist in 10 lectures (about 100 minutes each) to be delivered in five days in the middle of the lovely Prague's indian summer. The main objective is to provide a self-contained overview of the matters accenting comprehensibility and coherence. For that sake, the lectures will be given on whiteboard and we expect a lot of room for discussion. A partial financial supports is provided to registered foreign participants.

    Lecture notes in pdf format are available here.

  • Speaker
  • Prof. Antonio W. Riotto (Universite de Geneve, Faculte des Sciences, Departement de physique theorique) is a world-leading expert in early-Universe cosmology and related subjects stretching from inflation, cosmic microwave background and large-scale structure to dark matter and baryon asymmetry of the early Universe.

  • Venue
  • The course will be held in the large lecture room (9th floor) of the Institute of Particle and Nuclear Physics of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the Charles University in Prague at the mini-campus site at the address V Holesovickach 2, 18000 Prague 8, see the map.

  • Local support
  • Accommodation for registered foreign graduate/undergraduate students shall be provided in the nearby students' dormitory, see below. Unfortunately, we can not reimburse the participants' travel costs.

  • Registration
  • Registration (over now) is necessary only for supported foreign participants which will be required to sign a support acceptance confirmation form (on Monday 9/9/2013).

    The course is free of charge and everybody interested in the subject is warmly welcome to attend at any point; the only restriction is the size of the auditorium (approx. 40 persons). Non-registered attendees will be served on the first-come, first-served basis.

  • Tentative schedule
  • There will be 2 lectures each day starting usually at 9:00 and 11:00, on Friday 13 there will be just the first lecture from 9:00 to about 10:30.


    Foreign participant's basic information

  • Accommodation
  • Registered foreign participants will be accommodated in the student's dormitory "Kolej 17. listopadu" at the address Patkova 3, 18200 Prague 8 (see this map) within a walking distance from the Institute. The dormitory provides double rooms with semi-shared equipment (two rooms share a small kitchenette, a shower and a toilet); there is a little shop there (at the ground floor of block B) and a couple of vending machines in the lobby of block A.

    The lodging expenses of registered foreign participants are covered by the Institute.

  • Currency
  • The official currency of the Czech Republic is "Česká koruna" (Czech crown), sign: Kč, code: CZK. Exchange of foreign currency is available in Prague at the Airport and at most hotels, banks and exchange offices throughout the city. International credit cards are widely accepted in restaurants and shops. Payment in EUR is also available in some restaurants and shops.

    Exchange rates to the main world currencies are approximately:

    • 1 EUR ~ 25.7 CZK
    • 1 USD ~ 19.4 CZK
    For detailed current exchange rates see the following page:
    http://www.csob.cz/en/Csob/Exchange-rates/Stranky/exchange-rates.aspx

  • Getting around
  • The public transportation system in Prague consists mainly of buses, metro and trams. There is also a funicular going onto the top of the hill "Petřín" with beautiful view over the Old Town and the central parts of the New Town. Tickets with four different periods of validity are available:
    • 30 minutes - 24 CZK
    • 90 minutes - 32 CZK
    • 24 hours - 110 CZK
    • 72 hours - 310 CZK
    All tickets are transfer tickets, i.e., you are allowed to change among different kinds of transportation as many time as you need until the ticket expires. The ticket must be validated in one of the yellow validators (at the entrances to the metro, inside the trams and buses). The tickets are available in ticket machines at metro stations, at the public transportation information centres, most tobacconists and selected bus/tram stopt. All the tickets are valid for the whole city area including airport bus lines 119, 100 and 179 (except for the fast Airport express AE coaches that operate at their own rates).

    At the airport we recommend you to visit one of the "Public transport information" kiosks and buy a couple of 90-min tickets and then follow the sings outside Terminals to take bus nr. 119 to the "Dejvická metro station". At Dejvicka metro station take the green line [A] up to the Museum station (see this map) where you change to the red line C in the direction "Letnany" and leave at the fourth stop at "Nadrazi Holesovice". There you exit towards the end of the train, take a left turn on the top of the staircase and go through the door to the bus stop. There you take line 112 towards ZOO and exit on the second stop (i.e., the first stop after the bridge) which is just next to the dormitory. For further information or other options see also page. You can also consult the official public transport pages where you can find all information (e.g. connection between two places).

    If you prefer taking taxi, travel time to the dormitory is about 30 minutes depending on the traffic, the fare should not exceed about 650 CZK. Please use only the authorized taxi providers operating from the lots at the Terminal 1 and 2 (either AAA Radiotaxi or 1.1.1. RadioCAB taxi). Departure points are clearly indicated on the spot.

  • Contacts & emergency
  • Should you have any questions feel free to contact the local coordinators at this e-mail or at the phone number +420 22191 2438.

    In case of emergency there is a free emergency phone number 112 (Firefighters, Police, Emergency Medical Service), the service is available around the clock in three languages (Czech, English and German).