Relativitätstheorie und Kosmologie II

See moodle for up-to-date information on the course

The course follows the book  “Elements of general relativity” by P.T. Chruściel.

A nice introduction to the relevant mathematics can be found in Harvey Reall's Cambridge lecture notes. Further useful literature includes the textbooks by Nicholas Woodhouse: General Relativity, and James Hartle: Gravity: an introduction to Einstein's general relativity.

Students are assumed to be familiar with the contents of the course Relativitätstheorie und Kosmologie I. See here for more information.


The exam will be written, at dates announced by the SSC. Students will be asked to exhaustively discuss three randomly designated topics out of the list of Exam Questions. Previous list of questions: for the exams in July 2011, in July 2012, and in July 2013.

The lecturer does not read emails concerning the lectures or the tutorials, all enquiries should be done in person or by phone.

A collection of exercises for the tutorials will be updated as needed on the moodle page of the course about a week before the relevant class. We will largely follow the exercises of Sommersester 2020, to be found here: GR2_PS_2020.pdf

For notes on gravitational waves see "Gravitational waves: an introduction" by Indrajit Chakrabarty, and Alessandra Buonanno's Gravitational waves.


Skriptum by Prof. Rumpf

Problem sheets, Sommersester 2016: Sheet 1 (1-14); Sheet 2 (15-25); Sheet 3 (26-34)Sheet 4 (35-49); Sheet 5 (50-59) ; Sheet 6 (60-67)