- Admission Requirements

TGR (Theory of General Relativity)

## Description

This course provides an introduction to 2 important themes in the physics of gravity:

1) the dynamical aspects of the space-time geometry as represented by gravitational waves;

2) the properties of the gravitationally collapsed objects (black holes).

Both topics are part of intensive present research activities in physics and astronomy.

The material is described in a syllabus, and will be explained in classroom lectures. A list of complementary literature will be provided. Home work exercises are included in the syllabus.

Specific subtopics discussed are:

topic 1:

Linearized Einstein equations

Quadrupole radiation

Radiation loss of binary stars

Detection of gravitational waves

topic2:

Schwarzschild and Kerr geometry

Geodesics and conservation laws

Gravitational collapse

## Course objectives

A basic understanding of the physical characteristics of gravitational waves and black holes, and their theoretical description in the framework of General Relativity. The ability to derive basic results from first principles and to perform computations of the most important effects open to experimental and observational verification.

## Timetable

Physics Schedule

For detailed information go to Timetable in Brightspace

## Mode of instruction

Classroom 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,

with equal weight.

## Brightspace

Registration for Brightspace occurs via uSis

## 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