Skip to main content
KBS_Icon_questionmark link-ico

 

 

Advanced General Relativity

 

Key information

  • Module code:

    7CCMMS38T

  • Level:

    7

  • Semester:

      Spring

  • Credit value:

    15

Module description

Aims

This module provides an account of General Relativity aimed so that you can follow current research in this as well as related areas of theoretical physics.

Syllabus

Review of manifolds and their tensor fields; metrics, the Riemann and Ricci tensors, covariant derivatives and geodesics. Einstein's field equations and Lagrangian formulation. Black holes including their causal structure and more advanced topics.

Teaching arrangements

Two hours of lectures each week and one hour of tutorials

Prerequisites 

You should be familiar with Special Relativity, Classical Lagrangian mechanics and have had some previous introduction to General Relativity. Students with no previous exposure to General Relativity should take Space-time Geometry and General Relativity (7CCM334B). Note that both modules cannot be taken in the same year.

Summative assessment

Written examination

Formative assessment

Problem sets will be given and complete solutions will be made available. It is crucial that you work through these problems on your own.

Suggested reading/resources (link to My Reading Lists)

Assessment details

2 hr written examination

Educational aims & objectives

This module provides an account of General Relativity aimed so that you can follow current research in this as well as related areas of theoretical physics.

Teaching pattern

Two hours of lectures per week and one hour of tutorials

Suggested reading list

Suggested reading/resources (link to My Reading Lists)