Introduction to General Relativity




Responsible for the Exercises

Dr. Kyriakos Destounis

1st  set till 8.11.2019

2nd set till 22.11.2019

3rd set till 29.11.2019

4th set till 06.12.2019

5th set till 17.12.2019

6th set till 03.01.2020

7th set till 10.01.2020

Lecture videos 2008-09

Lesson 1             Lesson 8

Lesson 2             Lesson 9

Lesson 3             Lesson 10

Lesson 4             Lesson 11

Lesson 5             Lesson 12

Lesson 6

Lesson 7


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  14:15-16:00 [VG 2.033]

Exercises  :                   12:15-14:00 [C10 H33] Group B

                                    14:15-16:00 [C10 H33] Group A

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Student hours

Tuesday      : 13:00 - 14:00

Wednesday  : 13:00 - 14:00