Generation and Detection of Gravitational Waves

Module PH2128

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.

Basic Information

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 workloadContact hoursCredits (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

Learning Outcome

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;


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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

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Module Exam

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.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam at the end of the semester.

Condensed Matter

When atoms interact things can get interesting. Fundamental research on the underlying properties of materials and nanostructures and exploration of the potential they provide for applications.

Nuclei, Particles, Astrophysics

A journey of discovery to understanding our world at the subatomic scale, from the nuclei inside atoms down to the most elementary building blocks of matter. Are you ready for the adventure?


Biological systems, from proteins to living cells and organisms, obey physical principles. Our research groups in biophysics shape one of Germany's largest scientific clusters in this area.