Prof.  Luca Amendola

Institut für Theoretische Physik -- Universität Heidelberg

Philosophenweg 16 -- D-69120 Heidelberg -- Germany

Tel: +49-6221-549-407 -- Fax: +49-6221-549-333

Sprechstunde: After my lectures
and by appointment Tuesday 11.00 - 12.00 a.m. (other times also possible)

  General Relativity

coordinates: Monday and Wednesday at 9:15-11:00 am in INF 308 / HS 2
LSF info

Summer Semester 2016

   The course is an introduction to General Relativity. Suggested prerequisites: Classical Mechanics; Electromagnetism (including Special Relativity, although we will review it in the first lectures).

   - Special Relativity
   - Vectors and tensors
   - Manifolds
   - The Energy Momentum tensor
   - Curvature
   - Equations of GR
   - Gravitational Waves
   - Schwarzschild solution and its generalizations
   - Cosmology

   NOTE: Course begins on April 18th, 2016, 9:15 am

   Exercise classes start from the week after the beginning of the course, at various locations/times. For any information on the exercises, please contact Dr. Yashar Akrami,

   Calendar (9:15-11:00 am):
   15.06 Lecture moved to KIP, Hoersaal 2 (usual time)

    CREDITS: 8


    First exam:
    INF 308 HS1 and INF 227 HS1 on Thursday July, 28th from 1pm to 4pm.
You are allowed to bring a single A4 sheet with all the handwritten equations you can fit in on both sides and a pocket calculator. No other material (books, computers, tablets, cellphones, copybooks) is allowed. Bring an identity card.

    Second exam (you are admitted only if you fail or don't show up at the first exam) :
    Philos.-weg 12 / GHS on Monday October 10th, 2016 from 10:00 to 13:00 (note new time!)
Same rules as for the first exam.

    Problem sheets

    Here you will find the problem sheets that will be distributed during the course; normally, new problem sheets will be posted between Wednesday and Thursday every week. The problems will be discussed in the exercise classes two weeks after the assignment. During the course, some problem sheets will be graded (this will be clearly indicated on the sheet page). The graded sheets will have to be handed in during the week after the assignment, during the Wednesday lecture at the latest, otherwise will be counted as zero points. The graded exercises have to be done and handed in individually. In order to be admitted to the final written exam, the student will have to pass a cumulative threshold of 50% of the points.

    The exercise sheets can be found at this page

    Suggested texts:

    New lecture notes Pretty much complete, the notes follow Schutz's textbook very closely.

    B. Schutz, A First Course in General Relativity, Cambridge University Press, Second Edition (the first one is fine as well)
    This is the basic textbook we use for this course. It is very clear and concise, with all the important derivations detailed out step-by-step.
    S. Carroll, Spacetime and geometry, An Introduction to General Relativity, Addison-Wesley (a shorter version of the book is available for free here.)
    This book contains lots of additional material. It is very well written, with many figures and several appendices exploring advanced material. I will use it mostly for some applications of Einstein equations and for exercises.
    M. Maggiore, Gravitational Waves, Vol. I, Oxford University Press
    Focus on GW, of course, but also with important insights on the field-theoretical structure of GR; see in particular the first two chapters; requires some introductory knowledge of GR.
    Lecture notes by Prof. Bartelmann

    Old lecture notes (superseded by the new ones, this is just an outline of the course, no replacement for the textbooks or the new lecture notes)


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