Vorlesung: “Gravitational Waves”

28. April 2016

Sommer Semester 2016, Universität Heidelberg


Dr. A. Bauswein, Prof. Dr. F. Röpke

Vorlesung: Montag, 14-16 Uhr, Philosophenweg 12, kleiner Hörsaal

ACHTUNG: Vorlesung am 13.06.2016 entfaellt.


Folgenden Informationen sind leider nur auf Englisch verfuegbar.


Gravitational waves are wave-like solutions of the Einstein field equations that propagate as ripples of the space-time. Their existence was predicted soon after Einstein formulated his theory of General Relativity. Only recently, in September 2015 gravitational waves were detected for the first time. This measurement proved the existence of gravitational waves and the existence of black-hole binaries which merge. The course will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to General Relativity
  • Introduction to gravitational waves (theoretical background)
  • Gravitational wave sources – overview
  • Compact binary dynamics – inspiral and merger
  • GW140915 – the first detected gravitational wave event
  • Introduction neutron stars
  • Neutron-star mergers
  • Formation channels and rate estimates
  • Detector techniques
  • Data analysis
  • Multi-messenger astronomy


You can access the slides here.

About HITS

The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) was established in 2010 by the physicist and SAP co-founder Klaus Tschira (1940-2015) and the Klaus Tschira Foundation as a private, non-profit research institute. HITS conducts basic research in the natural sciences, mathematics and computer science, with a focus on the processing, structuring, and analyzing of large amounts of complex data and the development of computational methods and software. The research fields range from molecular biology to astrophysics. The shareholders of HITS are the HITS-Stiftung, which is a subsidiary of the Klaus Tschira Foundation, Heidelberg University and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). HITS also cooperates with other universities and research institutes and with industrial partners. The base funding of HITS is provided by the HITS Stiftung with funds received from the Klaus Tschira Foundation. The primary external funding agencies are the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Research Foundation (DFG), and the European Union.

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