This is a course on advanced topics in general relativity, like the physics of black holes or advanced cosmology (in particular the theory of inflation).
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course the student is expected to have the following skills: 1. Profound knowledge of the physics of black holes, in particular of the thermodynamics of black holes 2. Knowledge in advanced cosmology, knows the problems of the cosmological standard model and the physics of inflation 3. Knows what a Chern-Simons gauge theory is and how gravity in three dimensions can be formulated as a Chern-Simons theory.
Advanced topics in gravity: De Sitter and anti-de Sitter spaces, introduction to the physics and thermodynamics of black holes, topological black holes, gravity in three dimensions as a Chern-Simons theory, BTZ black hole, stellar structure, Tolman-Oppenheimer-Volkov equation.
Prerequisites for admission
Introduction to general relativity, possibly also introduction to quantum field theory.