Advanced General Relativity

Summer Semester 2023 (lecture notes; exercises)

Thur., 12:00-14:00, Room 02.116; Frid.,   12:00-13:00, Room 02.116;
Changes to this schedule are announced in the Hochschulportal and will reported here. Note: the first lecture of the semester is exceptionally moved to Friday. Hence, the first lectures of the semester will take place on 14.04.23 from 10:00 to 13:00
Tue., 11:00-12:00, Room 02.114; Frid., 13:00-14:00, Room 02.116
Changes to this schedule are announced in the Hochschulportal and will reported here. The tutors for the course are Christian Ecker,  Konrad Topolski, and Samuel Tootle. Three groups will be organised distributing students in three different time slots to be decided. Please register to the course by sending an email to Frau Steidl; this will help create a mailing list.

Information on the course

This is a course on advanced general relativity and provides an introduction to the study of the solutions of the Einstein equations, either when they lead to static/stationary spacetimes, or, more interestingly, when they involve spacetimes that are dynamical. The course also provides an introduction to the mathematical and numerical techniques presently employed for the accurate solution of the Einstein equations together with those of relativistic hydrodynamics. The first part of the course will concentrate on the mathematical aspects of the solutions of the Einstein equations for compact objects (i.e., black holes, neutron stars), either as static/stationary solutions or when evolved (perturbation theory, gravitational collapse). A second part of the course will provide an introduction to numerical relativity, reviewing the 3+1 formulation of the equations, be it the field equations or those of relativistic hydrodynamics, the definition of hyperbolic system of partial differential equations and the development of nonlinear waves in hydrodynamics. A final part of the course,  will concentrate on the numerical aspects and the most advanced techniques for the numerical solution of these equations. The students are expected to be familiar with the theory of General Relativity and to be proficient in differential geometry and tensor calculus. A series of exercises parallels the course. A detailed syllabus and a list of references can be found here.