- Code PHYS3203
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Physics
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Physics
- Areas of interest Theoretical Physics
With the spectacular first direct detection of gravitational waves in 2015, GR is now arguably the most successful theory of modern physics. This third year physics course provides an introduction to the concepts and tools of general relativity theory (GR) and to its applications in cosmology, gravitational wave theory and gravitational wave detection.
The full geometric structure underpinning the theory will be developed, leading to the Einstein Field equation and an in-depth study of the Schwarzschild black hole. We will study the application of GR theory to cosmology as well as its prediction of the existence of gravitational waves and the principles of how these waves can be detected on Earth.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate understanding of the mathematics underpinning manifolds, tensors, metrics, geodesics and the Riemann tensor;
- Prove fundamental properties of, and relationships between, those mathematical elements;
- Derive geodesics from a given metric, and derive metrics from the Einstein field equation for simple forms of the stress-energy tensor;
- Describe the fundamental properties of gravitational waves;
- Evaluate methods to detect gravitational waves on Earth.
- Assignments (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Final written exam (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
• Face-to face component which may consist of 3 x 1 hour lecture per week and 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week.
• Approximately 82 hours of self directed study which will include preparation for lectures and other assessment tasks.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
Preliminary Reading"A First Course in General Relativity" by B. Schutz (2nd ed., 2009)
Assumed KnowledgeFamiliarity with multi-dimensional calculus is assumed.
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