Date  Tuesday 
Thursday 
Jan 24 
Overview 

Jan 29, 31 
Linearization of Einstein equations, Lorenz
gauge, transversetraceless gauge 
Interaction of GWs with freelyfalling test
particles, key ideas underlying GW detectors 
Feb 5, 7 
Effective EMT of GWs, GW energy and
linearmomentum fluxes 
Propagation of GWs in curved spacetime,
geometric optics approximation 
Feb 12, 14 
Interaction of GWs with matter, gravitational
lensing, absorption and scattering 
Leadingorder generation of GWs in the
slowmotion approximation for selfgravitating sources 
Feb 19, 21 
Quadrupole formula 
GWs from binary systems 
Feb 26, 28 
Astrophysical predictions for binary coalescing
rates 
Binaries on elliptic orbits 
March 5, 7 
Basics of PN formalism 
Basics of PN formalism 
March 12,14 
Numerical relativity  Numerical relativity 
March 26, 28 
Perturbation theory and black hole quasinormal modes  Effectiveonebody formalism 
April 2, 4 
Effectiveonebody formalism  Inspiraling templates in GR and alternative theories 
April 9, 11 
Spin effects/tidal effects/EM counterparts  GWs from rotating rigid bodies (pulsars) 
April 16, 18 
GWs from corecollapse supernovae  GWs from the early Universe 
April 23, 25 
Data analysis 
Data analysis 
April 30, 2 
GWs from the early Universe  GWs from the early Universe 
May 7, 9 
How LIGO works  Quantumoptical noise in GW detectors 
May 14 (?) 
students' presentations 
