Lectures on Gravitational Waves

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J├╝rgen Ehlers Spring School 2018

Lecture Notes

lecture 1: waves in the linear approximation, polarizations, action on test-masses, generation by binary systems

lecture 2: waves on curved background, energy-momentum of GW, quadrupole formula, inspiral, time to merger, post-Newtonian

lecture 3: plunge, ringdown, IMR waveforms, characteristic frequencies, modelling

lecture 4: astrophysics: formation of NS, BH, NS structure, and tidal effects; overview: non-CBC sources of GW, GW spectrum, and detectors


exercises and solutions (handwritten) or typeset (by Andrea Antonelli, thanks!)