Advanced Seminar on Relativity and Cosmology

53407  |  Winter term 2014/15

Prof. Dr. Claus Kiefer

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

Preparatory meeting: Tuesday, October 7, 2014

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 7 Preparatory meeting
Oct 21 Alexander Voß Einstein–Cartan theory
F. W. Hehl, Gauge Theory of Gravity and Spacetime, arXiv:1204.3672 [gr-qc];
T. W. B. Kibble, Lorentz Invariance and the Gravitational Field, J. Math. Phys. 2, 212 (1961),
Nov 4 Jan Manousakis How Einstein found his field equations
J. Norton, in: Einstein and the History of general relativity,
eds.: D. Howard and J. Stachel (Birkhäuser 1989).
Nov 11 Heinrich Fröml The concept of energy in General Relativity
R. Wald, General Relativity (Chicago 1984), Chap. 11.2: Energy;
E. Poisson, A Relativist’s Toolkit, Chap. 4.3.
Nov 18 Nick Kwidzinski Exact solutions for gravitational waves
W. Rindler, Relativity, Chap. 13;
Misner, Thorne, and Wheeler, Gravitation, Chap. 35.8-35.12;
J. Bičák, in: Einstein’s field equations and their physical implications, ed. by B. G. Schmidt (Lecture Notes in Physics 540), Chap. 9.
Nov 25 Laura Köhler Anisotropic cosmologies
M. Mac Callum, in: General Relativity, An Einstein Centenary Survey, ed. by S. Hawking and W. Israel, Chap. 11.
Dec 2 Marcel Zimmer 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 9 Jonathan Ónody 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.
Jan 13 Sebastian Schuster Thermodynamics of black holes
S. Carlip, Black Hole Thermodynamics, arXiv:1410.1486.
Jan 20 Alessandro Fasse Naked singularities
T. Harada, Gravitational collapse and naked singularities,
Jan 27 Kay Herklotz The problem of the rotating disk Landau and Lifschitz Vol. II, Chap. 89: The rotation;
T. Kaluza, Physikalische Zeitschrift 11, 977–978 (1910).

Further topics and literature

Topic Literature
Gravitomagnetism B. Mashhoon, Gravitoelectromagnetism: A Brief Review, arXiv:gr-qc/0311030v2;
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).
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).
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).
Pulsars and gravitational waves M. Kramer et al., Annalen der Physik 15, 34–42 (2006);
I. H. Stairs, Testing General Relativity with Pulsar Timing.
The cosmological constant and Dark Energy S. M. Carroll, The cosmological constant;
S. Weinberg, Rev. Mod. Phys. 61, 1–23 (1989).