Professor of Physics
Physics And Astronomy
Searles Science Building - 320
An introduction to the interactions of matter and radiation. Topics include the classical and quantum physics of electromagnetic radiation and its interaction with matter, quantum properties of atoms, and atomic and nuclear spectra. Laboratory work (three hours per week) includes an introduction to the use of electronic instrumentation.
First discusses special relativity, introducing the concept of four-dimensional space-time. Then develops the mathematical tools to describe space-time curvature, leading to the formulation of Einstein’s equations of general relativity. Finishes by studying some of the most important astrophysical consequences of general relativity, including black holes, neutron stars, and gravitational radiation.
Relativistic Astrophysics and Numerical Relativity; in particular the numerical simulation of neutron stars, black holes, and their binaries.
Campus News: Convocation 2009 Address: Professor Thomas W. Baumgarte
Academic Spotlight: Baumgarte Gets NSF Grant for Computational Physics
Academic Spotlight: It's a Matter of Gravity: Searching for Cosmic Waves
Academic Spotlight: Thomas Baumgarte Awarded 2004 Guggenheim Fellowship
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