Gravitational Waves, with Kip Thorne

Course Description

Caltech's Physics 237-2002: Gravitational Waves
A Web-Based Course organized and Designed by Kip S. Thorne, Mihai Bondarescu and Yanbei Chen.

This course 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.

Resources:

Credits:
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.

Copyright Information

This video is taken from a 2002 Caltech on-line course on "Gravitational Waves", organized and designed by Kip S. Thorne, Mihai Bondarescu and Yanbei Chen. The full course, including this and many other lecture videos, exercises, solutions to exercises, and lists of relevant reading, are available on the web at http://elmer.caltech.edu/ph237/
Gravitational Waves, with Kip Thorne
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Video Lectures & Study Materials

Visit the official course website for more study materials: http://elmer.caltech.edu/ph237/

# Lecture Play Lecture
I. Overview of Gravitational-Wave Science
1 The Nature of Gravitational Waves (1:27:45) Play Video
2 Gravitational Waves Data Analysis (1:23:22) Play Video
3 Gravitational Wave Sources in Neutron Stars (37:18) Play Video
4 Introduction to General Relativity: Tidal Gravity (49:32) Play Video
II. Introduction to General Relativity
5 Mathematics of General Relativity: Tensor Algebra (53:26) Play Video
6 Mathematics of General Relativity: Tensor Differentiation (35:50) Play Video
7 Introduction to General Relativity (4/5) (36:51) Play Video
8 Introduction to General Relativity (5/5) (46:05) Play Video
III. Weak Gravitational Waves in Flat Spacetime
9 Weak Gravitational Waves in Flat Spacetime (1/6) (43:28) Play Video
10 Weak Gravitational Waves in Flat Spacetime (2/6) (40:52) Play Video
11 Weak Gravitational Waves in Flat Spacetime (3/6) (46:30) Play Video
12 Weak Gravitational Waves in Flat Spacetime (4/6) (38:40) Play Video
13 Weak Gravitational Waves in Flat Spacetime (5/6) (45:19) Play Video
14 Weak Gravitational Waves in Flat Spacetime (6/6); Propagation of Gravitational Waves Through Curved Spacetime (1/5) (40:58) Play Video
IV. Propagation of Gravitational Waves Through Curved Spacetime
15 Propagation of Gravitational Waves Through Curved Spacetime (2/5) (51:10) Play Video
16 Propagation of Gravitational Waves Through Curved Spacetime (3/5) (35:27) Play Video
17 Propagation of Gravitational Waves Through Curved Spacetime (4/5) (46:41) Play Video
18 Propagation of Gravitational Waves Through Curved Spacetime (5/5) (41:11) Play Video
V. Generation of Gravitational Waves by Slow-Motion Sources in Curved Spacetime
19 Generation of Gravitational Waves by Slow-Motion Sources in Curved Spacetime (1/2) (49:04) Play Video
20 Generation of Gravitational Waves by Slow-Motion Sources in Curved Spacetime (2/2) (38:17) Play Video
VI. Astrophysical Phenomenology of Binary-Star GW Sources
21 Astrophysical Phenomenology of Binary-Star GW Sources (1/5) (42:54) Play Video
22 Astrophysical Phenomenology of Binary-Star GW Sources (2/5) (40:42) Play Video
23 Astrophysical Phenomenology of Binary-Star GW Sources (3/5) (50:23) Play Video
24 Astrophysical Phenomenology of Binary-Star GW Sources (4/5) (37:09) Play Video
25 Astrophysical Phenomenology of Binary-Star GW Sources (5/5); Post-Newtonian G-Waveforms for LIGO & Its Partners (1/2 (50:30) Play Video
26 Post-Newtonian Gravitational Waveforms for LIGO & Its Partners (2/2) (35:35) Play Video
VII. Supermassive Black Holes and their Gravitational Waves
27 Supermassive Black Holes and their Gravitational Waves (1/3) (47:23) Play Video
28 Supermassive Black Holes and their Gravitational Waves (2/3) (35:37) Play Video
29 Supermassive Black Holes and their Gravitational Waves (3/3); Gravitational Waves from Inflation (1/2) (51:40) Play Video
VIII. Sources of Gravitational Waves
30 Gravitational Waves from Inflation (2/2) (36:53) Play Video
31 Gravitational Waves from Neutron-Star Rotation and Pulsation (1/2) (48:12) Play Video
32 Gravitational Waves from Neutron-Star Rotation and Pulsation (2/2) (39:31) Play Video
IX. Numerical Relativity as a Tool for Computing GW Generation
33 Numerical Relativity as a Tool for Computing GW Generation (1/2) (46:24) Play Video
34 Numerical Relativity as a Tool for Computing GW Generation (2/2) (39:40) Play Video
X. The Physics Underlying Earth-Based Gravitational Wave Interferometers
35 The Physics Underlying Earth-Based Gravitational Wave Interferometers (1/4) (45:07) Play Video
36 The Physics Underlying Earth-Based Gravitational Wave Interferometers (2/4) (41:38) Play Video
37 The Physics Underlying Earth-Based Gravitational Wave Interferometers (3/4) (36:18) Play Video
38 The Physics Underlying Earth-Based Gravitational Wave Interferometers (4/4) (38:00) Play Video
XI. LIGO Interferometers
39 Overview of Real LIGO Interferometers (1/2) (26:29) Play Video
40 Overview of Real LIGO Interferometers (2/2) (34:39) Play Video
41 Thermal Noise in LIGO Interferometers and its Control (1/2) (47:55) Play Video
42 Thermal Noise in LIGO Interferometers and its Control (2/2) (42:00) Play Video
43 Control Systems and Laser Frequency Stabilization (1/2) (45:41) Play Video
44 Control Systems and Laser Frequency Stabilization (2/2) (45:37) Play Video
45 Interferometer Simulations and Lock Acquisition in LIGO (46:25) Play Video
46 Seismic Isolation in Earth-Based Interferometers (31:44) Play Video
47 Quantum Optical noise in GW Interferometers (1/2) (44:37) Play Video
48 Quantum Optical noise in GW Interferometers (2/2) (52:07) Play Video
49 LIGO data analysis (1/2) (45:47) Play Video
50 LIGO data analysis (2/2) (32:58) Play Video
51 The Long-Term Future of LIGO: Facility Limits (50:18) Play Video
52 The Long-Term Future of LIGO: Techniques for Improving on LIGO-II (37:28) Play Video
53 Large Experimental Science and LIGO as an Example (1/2) (47:41) Play Video
54 Large Experimental Science and LIGO as an Example (2/2) (53:51) Play Video
55 Resonant-Mass GW Detectors for the HF Band (1/2) (46:59) Play Video
56 Resonant-Mass GW Detectors for the HF Band (2/2) (44:47) Play Video
57 CAJAGWR talk by W.O. Hamilton on Resonant-Mass GW Detectors (58:28) Play Video
58 Doppler tracking of spacecraft for GW detection in the low frequency band (49:25) Play Video
59 Pulsar timing for GW detection in the very low frequency band (37:44) Play Video
60 LISA (Laser Interferometer Space Antenna) for GW Detection in LF Band: Conceptual Design (1/2) (42:14) Play Video
61 LISA (Laser Interferometer Space Antenna) for GW Detection in LF Band: Conceptual Design (2/2) (46:35) Play Video
62 LISA's Lasers and Optics (1/2) (44:31) Play Video
63 LISA's Lasers and Optics (2/2) (42:05) Play Video
64 Time-Delay Interferometry [TDI] for LISA (1/2) (43:57) Play Video
65 Time-Delay Interferometry [TDI] for LISA (2/2) (44:46) Play Video
66 LISA's Distrubance Reduction System (DRS) [Drag-Free System] (1/2) (43:29) Play Video
67 LISA's Distrubance Reduction System (DRS) [Drag-Free System] (2/2) (33:53) Play Video
68 The Big-Bang Observatory [BBO]: A Possible Follow-On Mission to LISA (25:12) Play Video
69 GW's from Inflation and GW Detection in ELF Band via Anisotropy of CMB Polarization (1:13:23) Play Video

Comments

Displaying 6 comments:

osman wrote 2 years ago.
the videos are not working

farhad ali wrote 5 years ago.
i learn a lot from this site .It is a very good work. thanks
for such an excellent effort


corrsws wrote 5 years ago.
I am a grad student working in frequency stabilization. I
watched Lecure 43,44. they are very useful in understanding
the basic of servo systems. These are great lectures! Thanks
for the effort!


tharinduuuu wrote 5 years ago.
thx.....

Adam Schellhas wrote 6 years ago.
They have found neutron stars that go faster than 750
revolutions a second a lot faster and they stayed together.


But interesting lessons still not sure about
gravity though I think Einstein was wrong.


Pii wrote 6 years ago.
Thank you for sharing the material.

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