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2021/2022

General Relativity

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Code Completion Credits Range Language
02OR ZK 3 3+0 Czech
Lecturer:
Oldřich Semerák
Tutor:
Supervisor:
Department of Physics
Synopsis:

Introduction to general theory of relativity: principle of equivalence and principle of general covariance, parallel

transport and geodesic equation, gravitational redshift. Curvature and Einstein's gravitational law. Schwarzschild solution of the Einstein equations, homogeneous and isotropic cosmological models.

Requirements:

02TEF2, 02GMF1

Syllabus of lectures:

1. Theory of gravitation and physical picture of the world.

2. Equivalence principle. Principle of general covariance.

3. Parallel transport and equation of geodesic; affine connection.

4. Gravitational shift of frequency.

5. Covariant derivative.

6. Riemann curvature tensor and its meaning, Ricci tensor and scalar.

7. Einstein ́s equations of the gravitational field.

8. Schwarzschild solution of Einstein equations.

9. Fundamentals of relativistic cosmology – homogeneous and isotropic cosmological models.

Syllabus of tutorials:
Study Objective:

Knowledge:

Learn the fundamentals of contemporary gravitation theory.

Skills:

Solving simple examples from gravitaion theory.

Study materials:

Key references:

[1] C. Bambi, Introduction to General Relativity, Springer Verlag, Singapore 2018

[2] M. Blecher, General Relativity: A First Examination, World Scientific Publishing 2016

[3] P. Hájíček: An Introduction to the Relativistic Theory of Gravitation, Springer Verlag, Berlin 2008

Recommended references:

[3] Schutz B.: A First Course in General Relativity, 2nd ed. (Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge 2009)

[4] Stephani H.: Relativity: An Introduction to Special and General Relativity, 3rd ed. (Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge 2004)

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