Relativity Theory II
Applications of General Relativity to Astrophysics and Cosmology. Introduction to black holes, large-scale structure of the universe.
- Recommended preparation
['No required textbook, but full online lecture notes are provided.']
- Breadth requirement
- Distribution requirement
This course follows on from PHY1483F. We begin by outlining how Einstein's equations can be derived from an action principle from scratch. Applying them, we find the conditions under which gravity is attractive, and describe gravitational lensing. Next, we develop the story of homogeneous isotropic FRW cosmology, and introduce the idea of inflation. Then we discuss aspects of the thermal physics of the early universe. After that, we give an outline of the theory of inflationary perturbations and how they grow over time, and connections to experiment. Next, we turn to introducing black hole thermodynamics, extra dimensions, and alternative theories of gravity. We finish up with a brief introduction to numerical relativity.
- course title
- year of study
- 4th year
- time and location
24L: LEC0101, LEC2001, LEC7001, LEC9101: MR10, On Line Synchronous Lectures will be given synchronously via Zoom, and recorded for later (non-public) viewing. Students are encouraged to ask questions during lectures either by typing into the chat or by using using a microphone. A camera may be helpful but is not mandatory.