Advanced Seminar on Relativity and Cosmology

53407  |  Winter term 2013/14

Prof. Dr. Claus Kiefer

Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30, in the seminar room of the Institute for Theoretical Physics

Preparatory meeting: Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Advanced seminar within the Primary Area of Specialization GR-QFT


Topics from the lecture courses on Relativity and Cosmology I and II.

It is recommended to give a blackboard talk. But you can, of course, use the projector to show graphs and images. The talk time should not exceed 60 minutes in order to allow for questions and discussions.

Schwarzschild wormhole


Date Speaker Topic Literature
Oct 15 Preparatory meeting
Nov 26 Patrick Wong Gravitomagnetism B. Mashhoon, Gravitoelectromagnetism: A Brief Review,
C. Kiefer and C. Weber, On the interaction of mesoscopic quantum systems with gravity, Annalen der Physik 14, 253–278 (2005), arXiv:gr-qc/0408010v2;
C. Everitt et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 221101 (2011), arXiv:1105.3456v1;
for an English translation of the original Thirring–Lense papers with commentary, see B. Mashhoon, F. W. Hehl, and D. S. Theiss, On the Gravitational Effects of Rotating Masses: The Thirring-Lense Papers, Gen. Rel. Grav. 16, 711–750 (1984).
Dec 3 Jens Boos Topology of the Universe M. Lachièze-Rey and J.-P. Luminet, Cosmic topology,
Physics Reports 254, 135–214 (1995), arXiv:gr-qc/9605010v2;
J.-P. Luminet, The Shape and Topology of the Universe, arXiv:0802.2236.
Dec 17 Pranjal Dhole The concept of energy in General Relativity
R. Wald, General Relativity (Chicago 1984), chap. 11.2: Energy.
Jan 14 Uddhipan Thakur Scalar–tensor theories of gravity Y. Fujii und K.-I. Maeda, The scalar–tensor theory of gravitation (Cambridge 2003), chap. 1 to 3;
S. Weinberg, Gravitation and Cosmology (Wiley 1972), chap. 16.4;
C. Brans und R. H. Dicke, Physical Review 124, 925–935 (1961).
Jan 21 Ripunjay Acharya The inflationary Universe V. Mukhanov, Inflation: Homogeneous Limit,
D. Baumann, TASI Lectures on Inflation, arXiv:0907.5424,
lectures 2 and 3.
Feb 4 Kamran Ghanei Singularity theorems
R. Wald, General Relativity (Chicago 1984), chap. 9: Singularities;
S. Hawking und R. Penrose, The Nature of Space and Time (Princeton University Press 1996), or the German translation:
Raum und Zeit (Rowohlt Taschenbuch Verlag 2000).
April 15 Arezu Dehghanfar The cosmological constant and Dark Energy S. M. Carroll, The cosmological constant;
S. Weinberg, Rev. Mod. Phys. 61, 1–23 (1989).

Further topics and literature

Topic Literature
How Einstein found his field equations J. Norton, in: Einstein and the History of general relativity,
eds.: D. Howard and J. Stachel (Birkhäuser 1989).
The problem of the rotating disk Landau and Lifschitz vol. II, chap. 89: The rotation;
T. Kaluza, Physikalische Zeitschrift 11, 977–978 (1910).
Exact solutions for gravitational waves
Pulsars and gravitational waves M. Kramer et al., Annalen der Physik 15, 34–42 (2006);
I. H. Stairs, Testing General Relativity with Pulsar Timing.
Rotating black holes J. Hartle, Gravity (Addison-Wesley), Chap. 15;
M. Begelman and M. Rees, Gravity’s fatal attraction (2nd ed., Cambridge University Press 2010);
P. Townsend, Black Holes, arXiv:gr-qc/9707012v1.
Thermodynamics of black holes
Einstein–Cartan theory