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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 18.996VP (Fall 2002) 
  • Course Title:
  • General Relativity and Gravitational Radiation 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Mathematics 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Maurice van Putten 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 18.996VP General Relativity and Gravitational Radiation

    Fall 2002

    Course Highlights

    This course features a complete textbook-in-progress as lecture notes by the instructor in the lecture notes section. The text is the centerpiece of the course, as lecture notes.

    Course Description

    In this Special Topics course we discuss current theoretical and experimental developments towards the detection of astrophysical sources of gravitational radiation. The discovery of the Hulse-Taylor binary gives experimental evidence for energetic emissions of gravitational waves. Upcoming experiments target the direct detection of gravitational radiation, observational evidence for Kerr black holes, binaries of black holes, and serendipitous discoveries.


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