- Lecture 1: Introduction, history, and back-of-the-envelope derivations

Assignment 1.

- Lecture 2: Detectors and detection

Assignment 2.

(Lecture notes for Lecture 2 are available -- warning, 16 MB file)

- Lecture 3: Sources

- Lecture 4: Compact binaries: waveforms and parameter estimation

Assignment 3.

- Lecture 5: The future of gravitational-wave astronomy

Useful references:

- Bernard Schutz. Gravitational waves on the back of an envelope
- Roger Blandford and Kip Thorne. Applications of Classical Physics (see chapters 23-26)
- Kip Thorne. Gravitational Waves -- A Web-Based Course
- Cole Miller. The Astrophysics of Gravitational Wave Sources
- LIGO website
- Reading lists for BiG Waves 1 and BiG Waves 2
- Textbooks: Misner, Thorne, and Wheeler; Wald; Schutz; Dirac; ...

For use in sample exercises:

Advanced LIGO PSDs

Excercise description

Files: Sinusoid.dat, NoisySinusoid.dat, Noise.dat, Data2013.dat, Challenge2013.dat

Last edited by Ilya Mandel on August 2, 2013.