- Code PHYS6203
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Physics
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Physics
- Areas of interest Physics, Theoretical Physics
- Academic career PGRD
- DisP Susan Scott
- Mode of delivery In Person
- Co-taught Course
Second Semester 2023
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With the spectacular first direct detection of gravitational waves in 2015, General Relativity theory is now arguably the most successful theory of modern physics. This course provides an introduction to the concepts and tools of 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.
This course is co-taught with undergraduate students but assessed separately.
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;
- Discuss the fundamental properties of gravitational waves;
- Evaluate methods to detect gravitational waves on Earth;
- Develop critical thinking and problem-solving abilities with application to a diverse range of problems in general relativity and gravitational physics;
- Demonstrate high level oral and written communication skills.
- Assignments (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]
- 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 lectures per week, plus 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
"A First Course in General Relativity" by B. Schutz (2nd ed., 2009)
Familiarity with multi-dimensional calculus is assumed.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|6345||24 Jul 2023||31 Jul 2023||31 Aug 2023||27 Oct 2023||In Person||View|