**Astronomy of Strong Gravity: Gravitational Wave Generation
and Detection
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This is the webpage for the course that I am teaching with Dr Priscilla
Canizares in Lent Term 2014. The course is an optional course for the Part
III Mathematical Tripos and a course for graduate students in Mathematics
and Astrophysics. Slides of the lectures will appear below after each
lecture is given. We wil also be posting some more detailed mathematical
notes on the course material when these are finished.

If you have any questions, you can email myself at jgair AT
ast.cam.ac.uk or Priscilla at pcm AT ast.cam.ac.uk .

## Lecture slides

Lecture 1 - Introduction,
History and recap of basic principles of General Relativity
Lecture 2 - Recap of
electromagnetic radiation, gravitational waves on the back of an envelope
Lecture 3 - Gravitational waves
in GR - linearized theory, non-linear waves, radiation reaction, GW
propagation
Lecture 4 - Properties of
gravitational waves
Lecture 9 - Introduction to
signal analysis, gravitational wave detectors
Lecture 10 - Gravitational
Wave Sources - stochastic backgrounds, bursts, continuous waves (pulsars),
galactic binaries
Lecture 11 - Gravitational
Wave Sources - compact binary coalesence

## Other Material

## Useful Books

Dirac, P A M, 1975, *General Theory of Relativity*, (New York:
Wiley)
Landau, L D and Lifshitz, E M, 1975, *The Classical Theory of
Fields*, fourth edition, (Oxford: Butterworth Heinemann)
Misner, C W, Thorne, K S and Wheeler, J A, 1973, *Gravitation*
(New York: Freeman)
Wald, R M, 1984, *General Relativity*, (Chicago: University
Press)

## Useful Papers

** Schutz, B F, ***Gravitational Waves on the back of an envelope*,
*Am. J. Phys.* **52**, 412 (1984).

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