    Course module   NWINB032B  Category   BA (Bachelor)  Language of instruction   English  Offered by   Radboud University; Faculty of Science; Wiskunde, Natuur en Sterrenkunde;  Lecturer(s)     Academic year   2023   Period   KW1  (04/09/2023 to 05/11/2023) 
 Starting block   KW1  
 Course mode   fulltime  
 Remarks     Registration using OSIRIS   Yes  Course open to students from other faculties   Yes  Preregistration   No  Waiting list   No  Placement procedure    
     
 The student understands the fundamental ideas underlying the construction of General Relativity and their conceptual and phenomenological consequences.
 The student is familiar and can work with the most important tensors appearing in General Relativity (metric tensor, curvature tensors, stressenergy tensor).
 The student knows the geodesic equation and can solve it in simple cases.
 The student is familiar with Einstein’s equations and its most important solutions including FriedmannRobertsonWalker cosmology, linearized gravitational waves, and the Schwarzschild metric.
 The student has a basic idea of how to solve Einstein’s equations using suitable, simplifying ansätze for the spacetime metric and the stressenergy tensor.


About 100 years after its first proposal, Einstein’s theory of general relativity is entering into a new exciting phase: astrophysical measurements have entered into a stage of precision cosmology where observations put stong constraints on cosmological models. Moreover, the first direct detection of gravitational waves in 2015 has opened a new window for exploring the physics of the early universe and pictures of supermassive black holes publiched by the Event Horizon Collaboration put black holes at the forefront of current research. The course uses a “physics first” approach laying the foundations for understanding these developments based on first principles. In this way it touches on a wealth of frontier scientific topics including curved spacetime, black holes, gravitational waves, and cosmology.

 
It is highly recommended that students have followed "Tensors and Applications" (NWINB031B) as a prerequisite.

 
This course will be taught in English
This course fits in the research themes High Energy Physics and Astrophysics




   Required materialsReaderLecture notes will be provided for each chapter of the class. 


Recommended materialsBookJames B. Hartle, Gravity  An Introduction to Einstein's General Relativity, Addison Wesley, San Francisco (USA), 2003. 
 BookJanWillem van Holten, Gravitatie  van Zwaartekracht tot Kosmologie (in Dutch), 
 BookModern General Relativity: Black Holes, Gravitational Waves, and Cosmology, Mike Guidry, CUP, 2019 


Instructional modesTestsExamTest weight   1 
Test type   Exam 
Opportunities   Block KW1, Block KW2 


  
 
 