Generation and Detection of Gravitational Waves
This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.
PH2128 is a semester module in German or English language at Master’s level which is offered in summer semester.
This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.
- General catalogue of special courses
- Specific catalogue of special courses for nuclear, particle, and astrophysics
If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.
|Total workload||Contact hours||Credits (ECTS)|
|150 h||40 h||5 CP|
Responsible coordinator of the module PH2128 is Ewald Müller.
Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions
Theory of General Relativity (GR): tensor calculus, basics of GR; motion of test particles; linearized field equations; gravitational waves
Astrophysical sources: binary systems; merging neutronen stars and black holes; core-collapse supernovae
Gravitational wave detectors: interferometric detectors; resonant bar detectors
After successful participation in this module the student is able to: 1. to comprehend and explain the basic principles of and the formalism used in General Relativity; 2. to understand the working principles of gravitational wave detectors; 3. to name and explain the most important astrophysical sources of gravitational waves;
Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature
Courses and Schedule
|VO||2||Entstehung und Nachweis von Gravitationswellen||Müller, E.||
einzelne oder verschobene Termine
Learning and Teaching Methods
Description of exams and course work
In an oral exam the learning outcome is tested using comprehension questions and sample problems.
In accordance with §12 (8) APSO the exam can be done as a written test. In this case the time duration is 60 minutes.
There is a possibility to take the exam at the end of the semester.