Advanced Seminar on Relativity and Cosmology

14756.5003  |  Winter term 2019/20

Prof. Dr. Claus Kiefer

Thursdays, 10:00–11:30
Seminar room 0.01 (new building ThP)

Preparatory meeting: October 10, 2019

Advanced seminar within the Primary Area of Specialization GR-QFT

Contact person: Nick Kwidzinski (2.02 new building ThP)


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 10, 2019 Preparatory meeting
Oct 31 Florian Michael and
Tobias Krahe
Gravitomagnetism B. Mashhoon, in: The Measurement of Gravitomagnetism, 2007, pp. 29–39, arXiv:gr-qc/0311030;
C. Kiefer and C. Weber, Annalen der Physik 14 (2005) 4, 253–278 , arXiv:gr-qc/0408010;
C. Everitt et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 106 (2011) 221101, 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, Gen. Rel. Grav. 16 (1984) 711–750.
Nov 7 Ayesha Khan and
Shreyas Tiruvaskar
The Hamiltonian approach to general relativity
For the popular ADM formalism, see
M. Alcubierre, ch. 2 in Introduction to 3+1 Numerical Relativity, Oxford, 2008;
E. Poisson, ch. 4 in A Relativist's Toolkit, Cambridge, 2004;
for a review from Arnowitt, Deser and Misner themselves, see ibid., in: Gravitation: an introduction to current research, pp. 227–276, Wiley, 1962, reprinted as Gen. Rel. Grav. 40 (2008) 1997–2027, arXiv:gr-qc/0405109;
for an earlier but less well-known approach by Dirac, see
T. P. Shestakova, arXiv:0911.5252 and the references therein.
Nov 14 Willem van der Feltz Gauge theory of gravity and spacetime
F. W. Hehl, in: Towards a Theory of Spacetime Theories, Birkhäuser, 2017, pp. 145–169, arXiv:1204.3672;
T. W. B. Kibble, J. Math. Phys. 2 (1961) 212.
Nov 21 Kamran Ghanei Spacetime singularities
P. S. Joshi, in: Springer Handbook of Spacetime, pp. 409–436, Springer, 2014, arXiv:1311.0449;
R. Wald, ch. 9 in: General Relativity, University of Chicago, 1984;
S. Hawking und R. Penrose, The Nature of Space and Time, Princeton University, 1996, German translation: Raum und Zeit, Rowohlt Taschenbuch, 2000.
Dec 5 Mykhailo Lobodin Stable circular orbits in the presence of a cosmological constant
P. Boonserm et al., arXiv:1909.06755.
Dec 12 Enes Aktas The river model of black hole
A. J. S. Hamilton and J. P. Lisle, Am. J. Phys. 76 (2008) 519–532, arXiv:gr-qc/0411060.
Dec 19 Nick Nußbaum Modifications of general relativity: approaches to the cosmological constant problem
S. Weinberg, Rev. Mod. Phys. 61 (1989), 1;
A. Nicolis, R. Rattazzi and E. Trincherini, arXiv:0811.2197;
T. Clifton et al., arXiv:1106.2476;
A. Joyce, L. Lombriser and F. Schmidt, arXiv:1601.06133;
A. Joyce, The cosmological constant (2016).
Cancelled The Shadow of Black Holes
A. Grenzebach, The Shadow of Black Holes, Springer, 2016;
Event Horizon Telescope;
The Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration, The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 875 (2019) L1, arXiv:1906.11238.
12:00, Jan 7, 2020 Matthias Dahlmanns The cosmic microwave background
For the homogeneous aspects, see
P. Peter and J.-P. Uzan, Primordial Cosmology, Oxford, 2013, sec. 4.4;
P. J. E. Peebles, Principles of Physical Cosmology, Princeton, 1993, sec. 6;
For the inhomogeneous aspects, see
D. Baumann, in: Physics of the Large and the Small: TASI 2009, World Scientific, 2011, arXiv:0907.5424, sec. 17;
For the recent observations, see
10:00, Jan 16 Atharva Rawte The inflationary universe (and primordial gravitational waves)
V. Mukhanov, in: Physical Foundations of Cosmology, Cambridge, 2005, arXiv:astro-ph/0511570;
D. Baumann, in: Physics of the Large and the Small: TASI 2009, World Scientific, 2011, arXiv:0907.5424, lectures 2 and 3.
Jan 23 Matthias Lücken Gravitational waves from mergers of compact objects
The LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the Virgo Collaboration, Annalen der Physik 529 (2017) 1600209, arXiv:1608.01940;
D. Giulini and C. Kiefer, Gravitationswellen, Springer, 2017;
LIGO Scientific Collaboration et al., The Astrophysical Journal Letters 848 (2017) L13 , arXiv:1710.05834.
12:00, Jan 31, seminar room (old building ThP) Daniel Oros Trace-free Einstein equations
G. F. R. Ellis et al., Class. Quant. Grav. 28 (2011) 225007, arXiv:1008.1196.