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Thomas W. Baumgarte

Professor of Physics

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Physics And Astronomy

Searles Science Building - 320

Teaching this semester

PHYS 1140. Introductory Physics II

Thomas Baumgarte
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.

PHYS 3500. General Relativity

Thomas Baumgarte
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.

Thomas W. Baumgarte


  • Doctorate: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
    (thesis prepared at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY)
  • Diplom: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
    (thesis prepared at Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik, Garching, Germany)

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Relativistic Astrophysics and Numerical Relativity; in particular the numerical simulation of neutron stars, black holes, and their binaries.

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