136.029 Black Holes II
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2020S, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC
Lecture TubeTUWEL


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • LectureTube course

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to tackle current problems in black hole phenomenology and theory. In particular, they will know how to construct Penrose diagrams, how to describe gravitational waves and learn some aspects of black hole thermodynamics, the Hawking effect and action principles in the presence of asymptotic boundaries.

Subject of course

  • Black hole definition, causal structure and Penrose diagrams
  • Raychaudhuri equations and singularity theorems
  • Gravitational waves and black hole mergers
  • Black hole perturbations and quasi-normal modes
  • Black hole thermodynamics
  • Hawking effect
  • Action principle and boundary issues
  • Holographic renormalization and Brown-York stress tensor
  • Asymptotic symmetries
  • Black holes in AdS
  • ... and possibly further selected recent research topics

Teaching methods

Paper, pencil and brain.

Mode of examination


Additional information

First meeting: Tuesday, March 3, Seminar room Freihaus, 3rd floor (yellow)



Course dates

Tue09:00 - 12:0003.03.2020 - 10.03.2020Sem.R. DB gelb 03 Black Holes II - Grumiller
Thu08:00 - 10:0012.03.2020Sem.R. DB gelb 10 Black Holes II (136.029, Grumiller)
Black Holes II - Single appointments
Tue03.03.202009:00 - 12:00Sem.R. DB gelb 03 Black Holes II - Grumiller
Tue10.03.202009:00 - 12:00Sem.R. DB gelb 03 Black Holes II - Grumiller
Thu12.03.202008:00 - 10:00Sem.R. DB gelb 10 Black Holes II (136.029, Grumiller)

Examination modalities

Homework exercises and/or optional oral exam.

Course registration

Not necessary



No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

the lecture Black Holes I is a necessary pre-requisite (or, equivalently, good knowledge in General Relativity/basics of black hole physics)

Preceding courses