This module is designed for MMath and MPhys students in their fourth year, and builds directly upon MATH3006 Relativity, Blackholes and Cosmology.
Gravitational waves are tiny ripples in space-time, first predicted by Einstein himself in 1916. These "wrinkles in the spacetime curvature" carry information from the most violent events in the Universe - from colliding black holes, collapsing stars, to the birth of the Universe itself. Exactly one hundred years after Einstein’s prediction, after many decades of searching, scientists announced that they had finally detected these waves, from two black holes colliding at a distance of over one billion light years from Earth.
This module aims to introduce you to the many issues involved in understanding gravitational waves and their generation from astrophysical sources. It will give you an insight into one of the hottest topics in modern research, and an insight into what has been described as the “greatest scientific achievement of the century.”