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250133 SE Seminar Black Holes (2020W)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 25 - Mathematik
Continuous assessment of course work



max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

The seminar will be held online on Thurdays 15:00-16:30. If you are interested in participating, please inscribe yourself for the course on moodle and contact the organizers via mail to Andreas.Cap@univie.ac.at , also indicating your background relevant for the seminar. We hope to schedule the first few talks soon so that we can have the first talk on October 8.

Thursday 01.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 08.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 15.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 22.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 29.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 05.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 12.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 19.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 26.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 03.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 10.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 17.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 07.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 14.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 21.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 28.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

The semiar mainly adresses mathematics students, who have background on analysis on manifolds (at least for the case of submanifolds of R^n). Fundamentals of Riemannian geometry will be helpful as background but are not required. Physics students, who are interested in the mathematical aspects of general relativity are very welcome to participate. Building on the mathematical background described above, the seminar will quickly develop several basic aspects of Riemannian and pseudo-Riemannian geometry. Then we will study fundamentals of special and general relativity. Combining the two topics, we will study space-times that describe black holes, focussing on the simplest case of the Schwarzschild solution.

Assessment and permitted materials

Participants are expected to give one 90 minutes talk as part of the seminar and to actively participate in the discussions on the presentations of other students.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Sucessful presentation of a talk and participation in the discusssions.

Examination topics

Depend on the topic of the individual talks.

Reading list

The main source for the seminar will be the book "Semi-Riemannian Geometry. With Applictaions to Relativity" by B. O'Neill, Academic Press, 1983. For individual talks several other sources will be relavant, this will be discussed individually.

Association in the course directory


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