MATH-530 / 5 credits

Teacher: Moschidis Georgios

Language: English


Summary

This course will serve as a basic introduction to the mathematical theory of general relativity. We will cover topics including the formalism of Lorentzian geometry, the formulation of the initial value problem for the Einstein equations and applications on the global structure of the spacetime.

Content

Keywords

General relativity; Lorentzian geometry; Einstein field equations; non-linear wave equations; initial value problem

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

The course "Differential Geometry II - Smooth manifolds" is a prerequisite for this course. The student should also have a solid background in analysis and have attended an introductory course in PDEs.

Recommended courses

Differential Geometry III - Riemannian geometry.

Important concepts to start the course

Differentiable manifold, tangent-cotangent space, vector fields, tensors, partial differential equations.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Use the language of Lorentzian geometry effectively.
  • Define the main concepts associated to the initial value problem formulation for the Einstein equations.
  • Use the above notions and the basic PDE techniques introduced in the course to solve problems.
  • Prove the main theorems appearing in the course.

Transversal skills

  • Assess one's own level of skill acquisition, and plan their on-going learning goals.
  • Demonstrate a capacity for creativity.
  • Demonstrate the capacity for critical thinking
  • Access and evaluate appropriate sources of information.

Teaching methods

2h lectures + 2h exercises

Expected student activities

Attending lectures and solve problems sheets; interacting in class; revise course content.

Assessment methods

Final exam.
Dans le cas de l'art. 3 al. 5 du Règlement de section, l'enseignant décide de la forme de l'examen qu'il communique aux
étudiants concernés.

Supervision

Office hours No
Assistants Yes
Forum No

Resources

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)

No

Bibliography

We will follow closely the exposition of the following two books:

Wald, Robert; General relativity, The University of Chicago Press, 1984

Ringström, Hans; The Cauchy problem in General relativity, ESI Lectures in Mathematics & Physics, 2009.

 

Ressources en bibliothèque

 

Moodle Link

In the programs

  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Oral (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Differential geometry IV - general relativity
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Oral (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Differential geometry IV - general relativity
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Oral (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Differential geometry IV - general relativity
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

Reference week

 MoTuWeThFr
8-9    MAA331
9-10    
10-11    MAA331
11-12    
12-13     
13-14     
14-15     
15-16     
16-17     
17-18     
18-19     
19-20     
20-21     
21-22     

Friday, 8h - 10h: Lecture MAA331

Friday, 10h - 12h: Exercise, TP MAA331