BSc physics, BSc astronomy, BSc mathematics. An introductory bachelor course in gravity such as the "Introduction to general relativity and astrophysical applications" offered in Leiden is strongly recommended.
The classical theory of gravity can be interpreted as the geometry of space-time.It combines the language of field theory with the language of differential geometry on manifolds. The basic concepts of these subjects will be introduced and it will be shown how they are used to describe gravitational phenomena, from relativistic corrections to orbits of planets and stars, to gravitational waves, black holes and the evolution of the universe at large.
Review of newtonian gravity
Review of Special Relativity
Differential geometry on manifolds, including the concepts of metric, connection and curvature
Equivalence principle, geodesic motion
Einstein equations, variational principle
Schwarzschild solution, stars and black holes
Cosmology of a homogeneous and isotropic universe
This course provides the basis for work in relativistic astronomy, cosmology, quantum gravity and applications. It will :
acquaint you with the concepts of field theory and differential geometry
teach you to use these concepts to solve problems of gravitational physics and cosmology
prepare you for advanced courses on gravitational physics and cosmology
allow you to access the scientific literature on these topics and understand the recent progress in experimental and observational research
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Mode of instruction
To be discussed with the students a few weeks into the course. Typically a final written exam determines the grade of the course, but there are options for a more continuous form of assessment that can influence the final grade.
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Primary text book:
S. Carroll, Spacetime and Geometry, an Introduction to General Relativity (Benjamin Cummings, 2003).
Recommended background reading:
J.B. Hartle, an introduction to Einstein's general relativity, (Addison-Wesley, 2003). A bachelor level introductory text stressing the physical concepts.
R. Wald, General Relativity (Univ. Chicago Press, 1984). High level treatise of the relevant differential geometry.
C. Misner, K. Thorne, J.A. Wheeler, Gravitation (Freeman, 1973). Standard text on the professional level
Lecturer: Prof.dr.A. Achucarro(Ana)