Reading List


In order to prepare for the beginning of the Master, here we provide some useful information of the expected level of the students and recommended reading material.

32880 – Gravitation (GRA):

This is a very basic course on General Relativity, the relativistic theory of gravity in which we cover most of the basic topics covered in any standard introductory course (including the mathematical tools we need) except for cosmology, which is covered in a different course.

32549 – Cosmology (COSMO):

“Modern Cosmology”, Scott Dodelson
“Cosmology”, Coles & Lucchin
“Cosmological Physics”, John A Peacock
“Cosmological Inflation & Large-Scale Structure”, Andrew R Liddle
“Modern Cosmology”, Andrew R Liddle

32550 – Quantum Field Theory (QFT):

The course is largely self-contained, but we assume familiarity with classical and quantum mechanics and classical electrodynamics at the level of Landau & Lifshitz I, II and III or equivalent (in the case of volume II, we refer here to the first few chapters on fundamentals).

A recommended summer reading is Feynman’s popular book “QED, the strange theory of light and matter”. There is a Spanish version in Alianza Universidad. Despite being a popular book, it IS VERY GOOD preparatory reading for this course.

32552 – Stellar Structure and Evolution (EEE)

R. Kippenhahn & A. Weigert, Stellar Structure and Evolution, 1990, Springer-Verlag, ISBN 3-540-50211-4
M. Salaris & S. Cassisi, Evolution of Stars and Stellar Populations, 2005, John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 0-470-09220-3

32554 – Radiative Processes in Astrophysics (PRA)

“Radiative Processes in Astrophysics”, George B. Rybicki & Alan P. Lightman, see here.

32555 – Astroparticle Physics (ASP):

“The Early Universe”, E. Kolb and M. Turner, 1994.
“Particle Dark Matter: Observations, Models and Searches”, G. Bertone, 2005.
Cosmology and Particle Astrophysics, L. Bergström, A. Goobar, 2006.
Very High Energy Cosmic Gamma Radiation, F. A. Aharonian, 2006.
Cosmological Physics, J. A. Peacock, 1998.
Structure formation in the Universe, T. Padmanabhan, 1993.
Lectures on Dark Matter (From production to detection)

32559 – Advanced Mathematics (MAV):

Group Theory:
1) H. Georgi: “Lie Algebras in Particle Physics”,
2) H.F. Jones: “Groups, Representations and Physics”
3) J.F. Cornwell: “Group Theory in Physcis”, Vols. 1,2

Differential Geometry:
1) Nash, Sen: “Topology and Geometry for Physicists”
2) M. Nakahara: “Geometry, Topology and Physics”

32564 – Stars & Planets Formation (FEP):

An introduction to star formation Derek Ward-Thompson & Anthony P. Whitworth, Cambridge University Press 2011.
The formation of stars Steven W. Stahler & Francesco Palla, Wiley-VCH, 2004.

32565 – Observational Techniques in Astrophysics (TOA):

Fundamental Astronomy, Editors: Karttunen, H., Kröger, P., Oja, H., Poutanen, M., Donner, K.J. at ‘Chapter 2, Springer Verlag’, 2007.

32566 – Computational Astrophysics (ACO):

Press et al. “Numerical Recipes in C”:
Kerningham & Ritchie “The C Programming Language”: