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Lectures: Dmitry Levkov

General Relativity (Semester 8)

Beginning of 21-st century brings breakthrough in our understanding of General Relativity (GR). Although this theory is traditionally used for description of gravitational interactions, an approach has been suggested recently where one describes phenomena in particle physics by classical solutions in gravity; besides, there has been discovered a class of models with extra dimensions where particle collisions at accelerators are accompanied by strong gravitational effects. This makes General Relativity an indispensable tool for specialists in high-energy physics, particle physics, cosmology and astrophysics.

During this course the students will be acquainted with the solutions of GR and their causal structure. They will study basic experiments supporting GR, discuss thermodynamic approach to the black hole physics and related paradoxes.


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  • C.W. Misner, K.S. Thorne, J. Wheeler, "Gravitation." Freeman & Co, 1977.
  • S.W. Hawking, G.F.R. Ellis, "The large scale structure of space-time." Cambridge University Press, 1973.
  • V.A. Berezin, V.A. Kuzmin, I.I. Tkachev, "Dynamics of bubbles in general relativity." Phys. Rev. D 36, 2919 (1987).
  • T. Jacobson, «Introduction to quantum fields in curved spacetime and the Hawking effect.» ArXiv:gr-qc/0308048.