Although gravity is very weak compared to other fundamental interactions, in extreme cases it can become the dominant force in physical processes. In the course `Black holes and gravitational waves’ such processes are addressed, and their mathematical description in the context of General Relativity is studied.
The course consists of lectures and take-home exercises.
Gravity (Addison-Wesley, 2003), ISBN 0-8053-8662-9
Spacetime and Geometry (Addison-Wesley, 2003) ISBN 0-8053-8732-3
Form of Examination
Grading will be based on participation in the class room and written tests.
Basic knowledge of General Relativity:
differential geometry, covariant tensor formalism, Einstein equations.
Contact details lecturer: Prof.dr. J.W. van Holten (Jan Willem)