Relativity and Cosmology I

53110  |  Winter term 2015/16

Prof. Dr. Claus Kiefer

Mondays, 16:00-17:30, and Wednesdays, 10:00-11:30,
in the seminar room of the Institute for Theoretical Physics

Start: October 19, 2015

Master core course within the Primary Area of Specialization GR-QFT

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Black hole concept drawing

Exercise classes


Branislav Nikolic (office: 3.04 new building TP) and Patrick Wong (office: 2.02 new building TP)

Time and place:  

Group A: Thursdays, 14:00-15:30, in Room 1 of the new building TP
On January 21, the exercise class will be held in the theory seminar room of the old building

Group B: Thursdays, 16:15-17:45, in the seminar room of Nuclear Physics Institute (basement)

Start: October 29, 2015

Important: If your name is misspelled or misplaced, please contact Branislav Nikolic!

Exercise sheets

New exercise sheets will be released each Wednesday before noon and can be downloaded below.
A limited amount of copies will also be put in the respective shelf next to the entrance of the Institute for Theoretical Physics.
The solutions to the exercises have to be handed in one week later during the exercise class by each student individually.
The exercises are usually discussed one week after the respective deadline.

   No. Release Deadline Discussion  
   Exercise sheet 1 October 21 October 29 November 5
   Exercise sheet 2 October 28 November 5 November 12
   Exercise sheet 3 November 4 November 12 November 19 Updated!
   Exercise sheet 4 November 11 November 19 November 26
   Exercise sheet 5 November 18 November 26 December 3
   Exercise sheet 6 November 25 December 3 December 10
   Exercise sheet 7 December 2 December 10 December 17
   Exercise sheet 8 December 9 December 17 January 7
   Exercise sheet 9 December 16 January 7 January 14
   Exercise sheet 10 January 13 January 21 January 28
   Exercise sheet 11 January 20 January 28 February 4
   Exercise sheet 12 January 27 February 4 February 11 Last exercise sheet

Criteria for passing the course

  • Active participation in the exercise class, i.e. presenting a solution to an exercise at least twice.
  • At least 50 % of the credit points from the exercises.

Forum of relativity

Organization:  Branislav Nikolic

Next session:  Wednesday, January 27th - look for me in my office

This is an event happening at spacetime coordinates ( t, x ) = ( Wednesdays 16h, Hörsaal III ) where you can ask any questions, either regarding lectures or exercise sheets - if there was anything left unclear - or regarding anything that you are interested discussing about. It is meant to be a relaxed and informal discussion place, where we can easily exchange ideas, thoughts, and ask daring questions about General Relativity (and beyond!). It is a place where we all ask questions and we all try to answer them.


Further reading

Contents of the lecture
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Newtonian Gravity
  • 3. Special relativity
  • 4. Gravity as geometry
  • 5. Differential geometry I: Classic formulation
  • 6. Einstein's field equations and their linear approximation
  • 7. Gravitational waves
  • 8. The Schwarzschild solution
  • 9. Geodesics in the Schwarzschild solution

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Übersichtsplan Physikalische Institute

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Group 1 — Wed, 14:00-15:30, seminar room Theoretical Physics

Tutor: Jens Boos

  1. Alessandro Fasse
  2. Kim Alina Forche
  3. Heinrich Fröml
  4. Philippe Gillen
  5. Achim Kolmer
  6. Nick Kwidzinski
  7. Johannes Markert
  8. Haralambos Mitroglou
  9. Jonathan Ónody
  10. Qi Wen

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Group 2 — Wed, 16:25-17:55, seminar room of the container building

Tutor: Manuel Krämer

  1. Josua Faller
  2. Kay Herklotz
  3. Anton Krieger
  4. Laura Köhler
  5. Suvendu Giri
  6. Patrick Wong

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