Introduction to General Relativity
Introduction to General Relativity
2017-18
Course Description
The course is an introduction to the Einstein’s theory for gravity, known as General Relativity (GR).
After an introduction to the tensor calculus (3 weeks) we describe the evolution of the ideas that led to GR.
We present the classical tests that support the theory and discuss the solutions of Einstein’s equations that are relevant to astrophysics.
The paradoxes related to black holes as well as the astrophysical and quantum phenomena in their surroundings are also discussed.
Gravitational waves, the “ripples” of the spacetime are explained as well as their detection prospects and the astrophysical implications.
Finally, we discuss the structure and dynamics of relativistic stars (neutron stars)
Teaching/exercise hours
Theory : Wednesday 13:15-15:00 [C9 G09]
Exercises : Monday 12:15-14:00 [C10 H33]
related sites
Continuous updates on
* General Relativity,
* Gravitational Waves,
* Neutron stars,
* black holes,
* cosmology, ...
Lecture Notes
✦Introduction 2016
✦Introduction 2015
✦TAT Blog : Latest news for GR, GWs, Neutron Stars, Black-Holes and Cosmology
Student hours
Tuesday : 15:00 - 16:00
Wednesday : 15:00 - 16:00