Caltech's Physics 237-2002

Gravitational Waves

A Web-Based Course

Organized and Designed by Kip S. ThorneMihai Bondarescu and Yanbei Chen

Lectures by Thorne and Guest Lecturers* 

Video of lectures by Bondarescu and Chen

Homework problems by Thorne and Guest Lecturers

Homework solutions by Bondarescu and Chen

*John Armstrong (JPL), Barry Barish, Erik Black, Alessandra Buonanno, Yanbei Chen, Riccardo De Salvo,  Ronald Drever, Matt Evans, William Folkner (JPL), William Hamilton (LSU), Mark Kamionkowski, Albert Lazzarini, Lee Lindblom, Sterl Phinney, Mark Scheel, Bonny Schumaker (JPL), Robert Spero (JPL), Alan Weinstein, Phil Willems,

If you are a speaker in these lectures and do not wish to have your lecture broadcasted, or wish to send a Notice of Alledged Copyright Infringment, please contact our designated agent.

This website contains  all the materials from a graduate-student-level course on Gravitational Waves taught at the California Institute of Technology, January through May of 2002.  The materials include Quicktime videos of the lectures, lists of suggested and supplementary reading, copies of some of the readings, many exercises, and solutions to all exercises.  The video files are so large that it may not be possible to stream them from most sites, but they can be downloaded.  Alternatively, the course materials on DVD's can be borrowed via Interlibrary Loan from the Caltech Library (click on CLAS, then on Call Number, then enter QC179.T56 2002 ).  
Questions and issues about this course and website can be directed to Mihai Bondarescu  or Yanbei Chen.

Course Description

Course Outline:
    Part A - Gravitational-Wave Theory and Sources
    Part B - Gravitational-Wave Detection - original outline
    Part B - Gravitational-Wave Detection - alternative outline with the lectures reordered more logically

Course Materials

Relevant Links:

 Tapir  LIGO  LISA   CaJAGWR  Ph136  Ph236


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