Relativistic Astrophysics &    

                Experimental Gravitation 2019-20


In this course we discuss a number of issues related to relativistic astrophysics (neutron, stars, black holes, gravitational waves) and  we will present a list of past and ongoing experiments related to applications and tests of general relativity.


List of Lectures (as of last years)

  1. *Introduction

  2. *Neutron Stars I, II, III

  3. *The Astrophysics of Neutron Stars

  4. *Gravitational Waves:




*  Event Horizon Telescope science

  1. *Post-Newtonian Theory

  2. *Testing the Equivalence Principle

  3. *Measuring the whirling of the spacetime (K. Glampedakis)

  4. *Alternative Theories of Gravity (S. Yazadjiev)

  5. *Gravitational Lensing (D. Doneva)

  6. *Gravitational Collapse to Black Holes & Neutron Stars

*  Numerical Relativity

* The Double Pulsar System, as a laboratory for gravity

  1. *Gravity in extra dimensions

About the course:

Tuesday        :  10:15 - 12:00

Room:   C10-H33 (Theory)

Thursday   :  10:15 - 12:00

Room:   C10-H33 (Exercises)


Gravitational Wave Detectors

  1. -LIGO

  2. -Virgo

  3. -KAGRA

  4. -GEO600

  5. -LISA

  6. -Cosmic Explorer

Relevant Articles

-- Gravitational Wave Detection by Interferometry (Ground and Space) by Matthew Pitkin, Stuart Reid, Sheila Rowan, Jim Hough

-- Interferometric techniques for gravitational-wave detection

by Bond, C., Brown, D., Freise, A.

--Gravitational-Wave Data Analysis. Formalism and Sample Applications: The Gaussian Case

by P. Jaranowski & A. Królak

--Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology with Gravitational Waves

by B. S. Sathyaprakash & Bernard F. Schutz

-- Gravitational Wave Detectors: How do they work

by Markus Pössel


Relevant Articles

-- The Confrontation between General Relativity and Experiment  Clifford M. Will

-- Exploring New Physics Frontiers Through Numerical Relativity Vitor Cardoso, Leonardo Gualtieri, Carlos Herdeiro, Ulrich Sperhake

-- Gravitational-Wave Tests of General Relativity with Ground-Based Detectors and Pulsar-Timing Arrays  Nicolás Yunes, Xavier Siemens

-- Varying Constants, Gravitation and Cosmology Jean-Philippe Uzan

-- Tests of Gravity Using Lunar Laser Ranging Stephen M. Merkowitz

-- f(R) Theories Antonio De Felice, Shinji Tsujikawa

-- Modern Tests of Lorentz Invariance David Mattingly

-- Testing General Relativity with Pulsar Timing Ingrid H. Stairs

-- Relativity in the Global Positioning System Neil Ashby

-- Varying Newton’s Constant : A personal history of scalar-tensor theories for gravity Carl H. Brans

Credit: LIGO

credit: J. Overdun, P&E Eekels, K. Stephenson

Credit: J. Overdun, P&E Eekels, K. Stephenson


The course will be offered via Internet

It will be only 2 hours lectures per week

More details soon via this page and ILIAS


-- The course will be offered via internet

-- It will be only lectures of 2 hours per week

-- More information will follow in this site and via ILIAS