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Black Holes and Gravitational Waves

Vak 2013-2014

Course Description
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.

Programme form
The course consists of lectures and take-home exercises.

Literature
J.B. Hartle
Gravity (Addison-Wesley, 2003), ISBN 0-8053-8662-9
S. Carroll
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.

Prerequisites
Basic knowledge of General Relativity:
differential geometry, covariant tensor formalism, Einstein equations.

Schedule
Physics Schedule

More Information
Contact details lecturer: Prof.dr. J.W. van Holten (Jan Willem)