Introduction to General Relativity




Lecture Video from WiSe 2008-09


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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

  1. * General Relativity,

  2. * Gravitational Waves,

  3. * Neutron stars,

  4. * black holes,

  5. * cosmology, ...

General Relativity

Einstein Online


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Gravitational Waves

Caltech, AEI


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Neutron Stars

Chandra X-Ray Observatory


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Black Holes

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Lecture Notes

  1. Introduction 2016

  2. Introduction 2015

  3. Tensor Calculus

  4. Physics on Curved Spacetime

  5. Einstein’s Theory of Gravity

  6. The Classical Tests

  7. Black Holes

  8. Gravitational Waves

  9. Neutron Stars

  1. 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