PHY519 Applications of General Relativity

General Information

Lecturer: Prof. Philippe Jetzer

Adrian Boitier (Irchel, Y36 K32)

Michael Ebersold (Irchel, Y36 K32)



Exam: 30 min oral, date by arrangement


This course is offered as a continuation to the general relativity lecture (PHY 511) in self-study mode. Course material is mainly the Applications script which has references to the GR script from HS 19, as well as the 9 Exercise sheets and the reading of the paper about the first observation of gravitational waves.

In case of questions, feel free to drop an e-mail to one of the assistants.

Applications of General Relativity in Astrophysics and Cosmology (PDF, 769 KB)

General Relativity (HS 19) (PDF, 1 MB)

Please report any mistakes or typos to Michael.

Additional Material

  • S. Carroll, Spacetime and Geometry, Pearson, 2003
  • S. Weinberg, Gravitation and Cosmology, Wiley, 1972
  • N. Straumann, General Relativity with applications to Astrophysics, Springer Verlag, 2004
  • C. Misner, K. Thorne and J. Wheeler, Gravitation, Freeman, 1973
  • R. Wald, General Relativity, Chicago University Press, 1984
  • T. Fliessbach, Allgemeine Relativitätstheorie, Spektrum Verlag, 1995
  • B. Schutz, A first course in General Relativity, Cambridge, 1985
  • R. Sachs and H. Wu, General Relativity for mathematicians, Springer Verlag, 1977
  • J. Hartle, Gravity, An introduction to Einstein's General Relativity, Addison Wesley, 2002
  • H. Stephani, General Relativity, Cambridge University Press, 1990
  • A. Zee, Einstein Gravity in a Nutshell, Princeton University Press, 2013
  • M. Guidry, Modern General Relativity, Cambridge University Press, 2019
  • M. Maggiore, Gravitational Waves: Volume 1: Theory and Experiments, Oxford University Press, 2008