# 402-0830-00L General Relativity

Semester | Autumn Semester 2022 |

Lecturers | L. Senatore |

Periodicity | yearly recurring course |

Language of instruction | English |

Comment | Special Students UZH must book the module PHY511 directly at UZH. |

### Courses

Number | Title | Hours | Lecturers | |||||||
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402-0830-00 V | General Relativity **together with University of Zurich** | 4 hrs |
| L. Senatore | ||||||

402-0830-00 U | General Relativity **together with University of Zurich** | 2 hrs | L. Senatore |

### Catalogue data

Abstract | Introduction to the theory of general relativity. The course puts a strong focus on the mathematical foundations of the theory as well as the underlying physical principles and concepts. It covers selected applications, such as the Schwarzschild solution and gravitational waves. |

Objective | Basic understanding of general relativity, its mathematical foundations (in particular the relevant aspects of differential geometry), and some of the phenomena it predicts (with a focus on black holes). |

Content | Introduction to the theory of general relativity. The course puts a strong focus on the mathematical foundations, such as differentiable manifolds, the Riemannian and Lorentzian metric, connections, and curvature. It discusses the underlying physical principles, e.g., the equivalence principle, and concepts, such as curved spacetime and the energy-momentum tensor. The course covers some basic applications and special cases, including the Newtonian limit, post-Newtonian expansions, the Schwarzschild solution, light deflection, and gravitational waves. |

Literature | Suggested textbooks: C. Misner, K, Thorne and J. Wheeler: Gravitation S. Carroll - Spacetime and Geometry: An Introduction to General Relativity R. Wald - General Relativity S. Weinberg - Gravitation and Cosmology |

### Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again) | |

Performance assessment as a semester course | |

ECTS credits | 10 credits |

Examiners | L. Senatore |

Type | session examination |

Language of examination | English |

Repetition | The performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit. |

Mode of examination | written 180 minutes |

Written aids | 10 A4-Blätter beidseitig beschrieben |

This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding. |

### Learning materials

Main link | Information |

Only public learning materials are listed. |

### Groups

No information on groups available. |

### Restrictions

There are no additional restrictions for the registration. |