Professor Gary W. Gibbons, FRS, PhD
Professor of Theoretical Physics
- Part IB Course on Complex Methods. Lecture notes in PDF format.
- These are the overheads for a lecture given in Oxford in 1995 entitled "How the Complex Numbers Got into Physics" at a meeting on "Complex Numbers in Quantum Mechanics". In PDF format
- Part I Lecture Notes on Special Relativity in PDF format. This is a much extended version of notes
covering the material of the now defunct Part IB course. They should be useful as preliminary reading for the Part II courses on General Relativity and Relativistic Electrodynamics and Cosmology, and also for the Part III courses on General Relativity and Black Holes and Cosmology.
- Part II Lecture Notes on General Relativity - Lent Term 2006. In postscript format and in PDF format
- The Hafale-Keating Experiment I (JSTOR article - Cambridge University access only)
- Hafale-Keating Experiment II (JSTOR article - Cambridge University access only)
- Pound-Rebka Experiment (Phys. Rev. Online Archive article - Cambridge University access only)
- The Stanford Gyroscope Experiment
- Visualizations of Abberation and Doppler Shift in Special Relativity
- A star in a 15.2-year orbit around the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way (Nature article - Cambridge University access only)
- A test of general relativity using radio links with the Cassini spacecraft (Nature article - Cambridge University access only)
- A gravitationally lensed quasar with quadruple images separated by 14.62 arcseconds (Nature article - Cambridge University access only)
- Discovery of a cool planet of 5.5 Earth masses through gravitational microlensing (Nature article - Cambridge University access only)
- Uncorrected transcript of last years Part III course made available by Zhijang Hu. Caveat Lector! In PDF format
Applications of Differential Geometry to Physics
- Part III Course on Applications of Differential Geometry to Physics - Lent Term 2011.
- The Einstein equations and the rigidity of quantum mechanics - A seminar on the Web presented at the Isaac Newton Institute
- Stoke's influence on differential geometry - A seminar on the Web by Sir Michael Atiyah (Edinburgh)
- My Lectures on Supergravity given at a mini-programme on Geometry and Physics at Santa Barbara 1999.
On the beach at Santa Barbara. Gary Gibbons, Andrew Chamblin, Stephen Hawking, Simon Ross, (Gautam Mandal), Arkady Tseytlin and unknown
Statistical Physics and Cosmology
- Lecture Notes on Statistical Physics and Cosmology. This is a set of lecture notes for the Part II course 'Statistical Physics and Cosmology' which I gave a few years ago. I am grateful to Tim Perkins for transcribing them from handwritten notes and making the figures.
- An Atlas of the Universe
- Lecture Notes on Black Holes. These notes were prepared by Prof Townsend for the Part III course of this name which he gave. They are based on my own handwritten notes for a version of the same course that I had given earlier.
- The man who invented black holes
- These lectures, given in Paris some years ago, cover the basic thermodynamics of black holes at the level of the Part III course.
- The First Law of Thermodynamics for Rotating Black Holes in Anti-de-Sitter Space (lecture given at Indian Strings Meeting 2004, Khajuraho, December 15-23 ).