|SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR||MAT/07|
These lectures will give an extended presentation of General Relativity, that is the relativistic theory of gravitation published by Einstein in 1916. Besides the classical applications ot physics (cosmology, gravitational lensing, black-hole), one will stress the mathematical framework required to formulate the theory in a rigourous way (that is, pseudo-Riemannian differential geometry), as well as some further mathematical developments inspired by theory.
During these lectures, the various elements of differential geometry needed to formulate General Relativity in a rigourous way will be studied. More precisely, one will introduce the notions of connection and curvature on a pseudo-Riemannian manifold. Then Einstein equations will be discussed, as well as some of their solutions. These include the linearized solutions of gravitational waves, and those with spherical symmetry, used to describe the gravitational attraction of spherical objects.
The course will provide the student with all the mathematical tools necessary to formulate the conceptual basis of general relativity.
More generally, the aim is to show how mathematics and physics harmoniously speak to each other:
- on the one side, we will see why, and how, differential geometry is the right tool to give a rigourous formulation of Einstein's intuition (in particular: the equivalence principle);
- on the other side, we will see how the final formulation of the theory (Einstein equation of general relativity) yields new mathematical developments (like singularity).
Previous knowledge of differential geometry and special relativity will help, but these are not necessary.
All the tools of differential geoemetry needed to the undersatanding of General Relativity will be carefully introduced and explained.
As well, some basics of Special Relativity will be given.
0. Scientific and historical introduction to the theory of General Relativity.
1. Fundations of General Relativity
2. Solutions and applications
"General Relativity", R. M. Wald, The University of Chicago Press (1984) [THE reference, but more suitable for advanced topics].
“Geometry, topology and physics”, M. Nakahara, IOP (1990) [for differential geometry].
"Gravitation and cosmology: principle and applications of the general theory of relativity", S. Weinberg, J. Wiley & Sons (1972) [the best reference for tensor calculus, but this book adopts an anti-geometric point of view that will not be the one of the course].
"Relativity: special, general and cosmological". W. Rindler, Oxford University Press (2006) [excellent book, especially regarding physical discussion].
"Introduction to General Relativity", L. P. Hughston and K. P. Tod, Cambridge University Press (1990) [good introductory text].
"Corso di fisica teorica vol. 2: teoria dei campi", L. Landau, E. Lifchitz, MIR Moscva (1989) [Synthetic presentation of the thoery, maybe not suitalbe for a first approach, but some arguments are explained in an extremly clear and concise way].
Office hours: On appointment
PIERRE OLIVIER MARTINETTI (President)
The class will start according to the academic calendar.
All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.
Written problem to solve at home. Not marked, but obligatory to attend the oral exam.
42 hours of lectures
12 hours of exercies
Students with DSA certification ("specific learning disabilities"), disability or other special educational needs are advised to contact the teacher at the beginning of the course to agree on teaching and examination methods that, in compliance with the teaching objectives, take account of individual learning arrangements and provide appropriate compensatory tools.