

General Relativity (2nd half)

Hubble Space Telescope image of the galaxy cluster Abell 2218. The
mass density in the cluster is high enough to distort the images of
background galaxies by gravitational lensing, forming multiple
arclike images seen here. See press release.

Lecturer:
Dr. Michael Drinkwater (tel. 3365 3428, mjd@physics.uq.edu.au)
Timetable
Class Contact Hours and Venue: 2 units, 3L, 1T
See SInet for details.
Course Outline
First half: see
Course Profile.
Second half:
The mathematical tools developed in the first half of the
course will be used to describe and understand several observable
examples of General Relativity in the Universe.
 Summary of Special Relativity
 Outline of General Relativity
 Gravitational redshift and time dilation
 Planet orbits in the Suns's gravitational field
 Gravitational deflection of light
 Application to cosmology
 Gravitational radiation
Reference Books:
 C. Misner, K. Thorne and J. Wheeler ``Gravitation'' (QC178.M57 1973)
 B.F. Shutz, ``A First Course in General Relativity'' (QC173.6.S38 1985)
(good)
 S. Weinberg, ``Gravitation and Cosmology'' (QC6.W47 1972)
 C.M. Will, ``Was Einstein Right?'' (QC173.6.W55 1986)
(popular)
 Hans Stephani ``General relativity : an introduction to the theory of the gravitational field'' (QC178.S82 1990)
(technical)
 Hans Stephani ``Relativity : an introduction to special and general relativity'' (Cambridge 2004)
 Malcolm Ludvigsen ``General Relativity : a geometric approach'' (Cambridge 1999)
Reference Articles:
 Walsh, Carswell, Weymann, 1979, Nature, 279, 381, "0957+561 A,B: twin quasistellar objects or gravitational lens?”
 Weisberg, Taylor, Fowler, 1981, Scientific American, 245, No.4, 6674 "Gravitational Waves from an Orbiting Pulsar"
 Huchra, et al., 1985, AJ, 90, 691, "2237+0305  A new and unusual gravitational lens"
 Hewitt et al., 1988, Nature, 333, 537, "Unusual radio source MG1131+0456: a possible Einstein ring"
 Taylor, 1994, Rev.Mod.Phys., 66, 711, "Binary pulsars and relativistic gravity"
