## Admission Requirements

TGR (Theory of General Relativity)

## Description

This course provides an introduction to the dynamical aspects of the space-time geometry in the form of gravitational waves, and of the properties of the gravitationally collapsed objects (black holes).

Topics include:

Linearized Einstein equations

Quadrupole radiation

Detection of gravitational waves

Some exact wave solutions like pp-waves

Schwarzschild and Kerr geometry

Geodesics and conservation laws

Gravitational collapse

## Course objectives

A basic understanding of black holes and gravitational waves including the ability to do computations of the most important effects, within the framework of general relativity.

## Timetable

## Mode of instruction

Lectures based on lecture notes with exercises for self study.

## Assessment method

Two-part examination, on the topics of gravitational waves and black holes separately.

## Blackboard

To have access to Blackboard you need a ULCN-account.Blackboard UL

## Reading list

S. Carroll Spacetime and geometry. An introduction to

General Relativity, Addison Wesley (2004)

James B Hartle Gravity – An introduction to Einstein’s General

Relativity, Addison Wesley (2003)

## Contact

Contactgegevens Docent:Prof.dr.Jan Willem van Holten