Numerical galaxy formation and cosmology

Simulating the universe on a computer

Benjamin Moster

Sommersemester 2018

I will present state-of-the-art techniques for simulating the formation of galaxies and other cosmic structures on modern supercomputers. This includes techniques for following the gravitational collapse of structures, the hydrodynamics and a variety of star formation and feedback physics. In addition, there will be practical examples, i.e. simulations that can be performed and analyzed by the participants on their own laptop computers.

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Lecture 1 (Apr 11)
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Lecture 2 (Apr 18)
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Lecture 3 (Apr 18)
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Exercise Sheet 1 (due May 2)



Lecture 4 (May 2)
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Exercise Sheet 2 (due May 9)



Lecture 5 (May 9)
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Exercise Sheet 3 (due May 16)



Lecture 6 (May 16)
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Lecture 7 (May 23)
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Lecture 8 (May 30)
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Exercise Sheet 4 (due June 6)



Lecture 9 (June 6)
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Exercise Sheet 5 (due June 13/20)



Lecture 10 (June 13)
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Student projects

Project Descriptions




The Gadget-2 code

In the second half of the course we will do some exercises with the Gadget-2 cosmological simulation code. It can be downloaded here:

http://www.mpa-garching.mpg.de/gadget/gadget-2.0.7.tar.gz