Advanced Seminar on Relativity and Cosmology

53403  |  Winter term 2016/17

Prof. Dr. Claus Kiefer

Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30, seminar room 0.1 (new theory building)

Preparatory meeting: Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Advanced seminar within the Primary Area of Specialization GR-QFT

Contact person: Branislav Nikolic


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 18 Preparatory meeting
Nov 8 Anirudh Gundhi, Julius Strake Topological censorship
K. Schleich and D. M. Witt, Topological Censorship,;
Nov 22 Christina Kaliofoti, Daniel Kruti Gravitational waves: direct detection
LIGO and Virgo Scientific Collaborations, The basic physics of the binary black hole merger GW150914,;
D. Giulini and C. Kiefer, Gravitationswellen
Nov 29 Daniel Kruti, Christina Kaliofoti Gravitational waves: indirect detection
M. Kramer et al., Annalen der Physik 15, 34–42 (2006);
I. H. Stairs, Testing General Relativity with Pulsar Timing.
D. Giulini and C. Kiefer, Gravitationswellen
Dec 6 David Wichmann The Weyl tensor
H.-J. Schmidt, Gravitoelectromagnetism and other decompositions of the Riemann tensor;
A. Garcia et al., The Cotton tensor in Riemannian spacetimes,Class.Quant.Grav. 21 (2004) 1099-1118, arXiv:gr-qc/0309008;
J. M. Thomas, Conformal Correspondence of Riemannian Spaces, PNAS 11 (5) 1925, pp. 257–259.;
J. M. Thomas, Conformal Invariants, PNAS 12 (6) 1926, pp. 389–393.;
Dec 13 Alexander Hermanns, Tizian Müller Einstein hole problem
Einstein hole problem: J. Stachel, Einstein's Search for General Covariance, 1912-1915, in: Einstein and the History of General Relativity, ed. by D. Howard and J. Stachel (Birkhäuser, Boston, 1989), S. 63-100.
Dec 20 Galib Hassan 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),
Jan 10 YiFan Wang, Sebastian Arenas, Tim Schmitz Thermodynamics of Black Holes
S. Carlip, Black Hole Thermodynamics, arXiv:1410.1486.
Jan 17 Sepide, Ali Akpinar Kerr Black Hole
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 24 Christian Riesop Newtonian limit
J. B. Hartle, Gravity, Chapter 3 and Chapter 21
Jan 31 Jorgi 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),
C. Everitt et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 221101 (2011), arXiv:1105.3456 [gr-qc];
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).
Feb 7 Lucas Kiefer The inflationary universe
V. Mukhanov, Inflation: Homogeneous Limit,
D. Baumann, TASI Lectures on Inflation, arXiv:0907.5424,
lectures 2 and 3.