PHY529 Advanced Topics in General Relativity and Gravitational Waves

General Information


Maria Haney  (Y36 K34)

Shubhanshu Tiwari  (Y36 K34)

Assistant: Dixeena Lopez  (Y36 K32)
Lecture: Thursday 10:15 - 12:00  (Y36 K08)
Exercises classes: Thursday 12:15-  13:00  (Y36 K08)

Lecture Information

Gravitational-wave (GW) astronomy has emerged as one of the most promising fields for probing fundamental physics, astrophysics and cosmology. This course aims to introduce the current state-of-the-art of the field to interested master and PhD students, outlining fundamental concepts of GW science and data analysis and their application in observations with the current generation of ground-based GW instruments. The goal of this course is to instigate interest and provide the (hands-on) knowledge required to delve into the current results in gravitational-wave astronomy.


  • Introduction: History of gravitational-wave astronomy
  • Introduction: Observations of stellar-mass black holes and neutron stars
  • Linearized gravity (a primer)
  • Astrophysical sources of gravitational waves
  • Source modeling of compact binary coalescence (CBC)
  • Template-based searches and interpretation of CBC
  • Data analysis of generic transients, stochastic GW background, continuous waves
  • Current catalog of GW observations & science discoveries
  • Future GW instruments and data analysis challenges