Advanced Seminar on Relativity and Cosmology

14756.5010 (KLIPS / ILIAS)  |  Winter term 2021/22

Prof. Dr. Claus Kiefer

This seminar will take place on Thursdays, 10:00–11:30,
room 0.03 (new building ThP).
Maximally 15 participants are allowed.

Please note that in order to participate in the seminar you have to prove that you are either vaccinated, recovered, or negatively tested.

Preparatory meeting: Oct 14, 2021

Advanced seminar within the Primary Area of Specialization GR-QFT

Contact person: Tatevik Vardanyan (3.04 new building ThP)


Topics from the lecture courses on Relativity and Cosmology I and II. The attendance to these courses is required.

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.

Attention: The seminar on Jan 20 will be given by zoom (at the usual time 10:00).
Schwarzschild wormhole


Date Speaker Topic Literature
Oct 14 Preparatory meeting
Nov 4 Nikkin Devaraju Perihelion/periastron motion of planets and stars Roseveare, N. T., 1982, Mercury's perihelion from Le Verrier to Einstein (is available in the library under 502/R-ROS).
Nov 11 Mauricio Ortiz Torres Gauge theories of gravity
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 18 Javal Gandha 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 25 Prachi Misra Astrophysical Black Holes
A. C. Fabian and A. N. Lasenby, arXiv:1911.04305.
Dec 2 Daniel Herrmann 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.
Dec 9 Blanca Hergueta Aragon 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.
Dec 16 Aiswariya Sweety Thermodynamics of Black Holes
S. Carlip, Black Hole Thermodynamics, arXiv:1410.1486.
Jan 13, 2022 Sebastian Andreas Hockerts 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.
Jan 20 Muhammad Iskandar Models for an anisotropic universe
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 27 No seminar
Feb 3 Niek Wielders The cosmological constant and Dark Energy
S. M. Carroll, The cosmological constant;
S. Weinberg, Rev. Mod. Phys. 61, 1–23 (1989).