Advanced Seminar on Relativity and Cosmology

14756.5003  |  Winter term 2018/19

Prof. Dr. Claus Kiefer

Thursdays, 10:00-11:30, in Room 0.01 in the new building ThP

Preparatory meeting: Thursday, October 11

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 11 Preparatory meeting
Nov 8 Sandeep Suresh Gravitomagnetism B. Mashhoon, Gravitoelectromagnetism: A Brief Review, arXiv:gr-qc/0311030;
C. Kiefer and C. Weber, On the interaction of mesoscopic quantum systems with gravity, Annalen der Physik 14, 253–278 (2005), arXiv:gr-qc/0408010;
C. Everitt et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 221101 (2011), arXiv:1105.3456;
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), doi:10.1007/BF00762913.
Nov 15 Marcel Gievers Kerr black hole
J. Hartle, Gravity (Addison-Wesley), ch. 15;
M. Begelman and M. Rees, Gravity’s fatal attraction (2nd ed., Cambridge University Press 2010);
P. Townsend, Black Holes, arXiv:gr-qc/9707012.
Nov 29 Mateo Moreno,
Mugdha Zadkar
Thermodynamics of black holes I: Laws of black hole mechanics
S. Carlip, Black Hole Thermodynamics, arXiv:1410.1486;
C. Kiefer, Thermodynamics of Black Holes and Hawking Radiation, in: Classical and Quantum Black Holes, edited by Pietro Giuseppe Fré et al. (IOP, Bristol, 1999), doi: 10.1201/9781420050684.pt1.
Dec 13 Mateo Moreno,
Mugdha Zadkar
Thermodynamics of black holes II: Interpretation of temperature
See above.
Dec 20 Jannis Brodherr Pulsars and gravitational waves M. Kramer et al., Annalen der Physik 15, 34–42 (2006), doi:10.1002/andp.200510165;
I. H. Stairs, Testing General Relativity with Pulsar Timing, doi:10.12942/lrr-2003-5;
D. Giulini and C. Kiefer, Gravitationswellen, doi:10.1007/978-3-658-16013-5.
Jan 10 Edmond Beh Gravitational waves and black holes
Abbott et al. (2016), arXiv:1608.01940;
D. Giulini and C. Kiefer, Gravitationswellen, doi:10.1007/978-3-658-16013-5.
Jan 17 Alexander Trzeciak Gravitational waves and multimessenger astronomy
The LIGO Scientific Collaboration, the Virgo Collaboration, arXiv:1710.05832;
LIGO Scientific Collaboration, Virgo Collaboration, Fermi Gamma-Ray Burst Monitor, INTEGRAL, arXiv:1710.05834;
Andrew Grant, Physics Today 70, 12, 19 (2017), doi: 10.1063/PT.3.3783.
Jan 24 Ali Lezeik,
Mario Montero
Anisotropic universes I: Bianchi classification and Kantowski–Sachs model
M. Mac Callum, in: General Relativity, An Einstein Centenary Survey, ed. by S. Hawking and W. Israel, ch. 11;
Michael P. Ryan and Lawrence C. Shepley, Homogeneous Relativistic Cosmologies, doi: 10.1515/9781400868568;
Jerzy Plebanski and Andrzej Krasinski, An Introduction to General Relativity and Cosmology, ch. 10, doi: 10.1017/CBO9780511617676.011;
Gianluca Calcagni, Classical and Quantum Cosmology, sec. 6.3, doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-41127-9_6;
Robert T. Jantzen, arXiv: gr-qc/0102035 (only eqs. (2.27) and (2.28)!).
Jan 31 Ali Lezeik,
Mario Montero
Anisotropic universes II: Kasner and Mixmaster universes
See above.