Course plan and references:
The purpose of the course is to give a good understanding of the principles and consequences of the special and general theory of relativity and an introductory knowledge of relativistic cosmology. After a finished course the student knows how to:
The course is presented on 48(?) lecture hours. Prerequisites:
Prerequisites: Electromagnetic Field Theory, Analytical mechanics.
Recommended (but not necessary) course: Classical Electrodynamics Course contents:
The postulates of special relativity, Lorentz-transformations, high energy dynamics, transformation properties of electromagnetic fields, the electromagnetic field tensor. Basic tensor calculus. The postulates of general relativity. Einstein's field equations, Schwarzschild's solution of the field equations. The deviation of light in a gravitational field, the perihelion drift of Mercury and the gravitational redshift is computed and related to the observed data. Black holes. An introduction to relativistic cosmology. Course literature:
R. D'Inverno, Introducing Einstein's Relativity, Oxford University Press, is recommended. Examination:
Homework problems and oral presentations.
Examiner: Fredrik Andersson