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Origin, structure, and
evolution of the Universe
Handout on tensors (for
reference, not required).
Problem set 1.
Problem set 2.
Problem set 3.
Problem set 4: problems 1--4 at the end of Chapter 9
Problem set 5
Problem set 6: read parts of Chapter 13 not covered
problems: Chapter 10, problem 5
Chapter 13, problems 1+2 (counted as one problem),
solution set 1
solution set 2
Anders' lecture notes (first 19 pages)
Problem set 4
generally work on
several topics in Theoretical Astrophysics.
My main interests are neutron stars, supermassive black holes
(especially the one in our Galaxy, called SgrA*), and astrophysical
For my PhD, I
have worked on the theory of thermal
noise and on Quantum Nondemolition Measurements for LIGO. My
mentor was Kip Thorne, and I have also learned a lot of science
from Vladimir Braginsky who was visiting Caltech annually.
Rutger van Haasteren
Maarten van Hoven