    Course module   NWINM108  Category   MA (Master)  Language of instruction   English  Offered by   Radboud University; Faculty of Science; Wiskunde, Natuur en Sterrenkunde;  Lecturer(s)     Academic year   2020   Period   KW1KW2  (31/08/2020 to 24/01/2021) 
 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.
 The student understands the "classical tests" of General Relativity and their role in present day physics (e.g. gravitational lensing)
 The student acquires basic working knowledge in cosmology and the cosmological standard model.
 The student knows the basic properties of gravitational waves including their creation and detection.
 The student has a basic knowledge of black holes.
 The student has basic knowledge about how the interplay between particle physics experiments and astrophysical observations could guide us towards understanding physics beyond the standard model or the nature of dark matter.


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 start to rule out 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. 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.
Instructional Modes

  Bachelor Physics, Natural Science or Chemistry
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. 
 Final written exam on the material covered in quarter 1 and quarter 2
Extra credit for successful participation in the exercises 
 


   Required materialsLiteratureLecture notes will be provided for each topic covered in the class. 


Recommended materialsLiteratureThis is a standard textbook for general relativity. It is also used in the general relativity course. This may be the choice for theoretical inclined students who already have a background in general relativity. 
ISBN  :   9780805387322 
Title  :   Spacetime and Geometry: An Introduction to General Relativity 
Author  :   Sean Carroll 
Publisher  :   Pearson Higher Education 
Edition  :   1 
Costs  :   50.00 
 LiteratureThis is a lowlevel introduction covering most of the course material. 
ISBN  :   9781292039145 
Title  :   Gravity: An Introduction to Einstein's General Relativity 
Author  :   James Hartle 
Publisher  :   Pearson Higher Education 
Edition  :   1 
Costs  :   60.00 


Instructional modesCourseAttendance Mandatory   Yes 
 Exam Q2
 Lecture
 TutorialAttendance Mandatory   Yes 
 Zelfstudie

 TestsExamTest weight   1 
Test type   Exam 
Opportunities   Block KW2, Block KW3 


  
 
 