In this webpage, you will find notes and materials for Thomas P. Kling's course in junior level computer simulations. This course was developed under support of a Bridgewater State College Presidential Course Development Grant in the summer of 2008.
This is an undergraduate research course. Our goal in the class is to complete a research project: to study the optical wave-fronts and wave-front singularities surrounding a Kerr (rotating) black hole.
Students will be supported by grants through the Adrian Tinsley Program for Undergraduate Research.
Living Review Article:
Gravitational Lensing from a Space-time Perspective by Perlick
Living Review Article: Gravitational Lensing in Astronomy by Wambsganss
Kerr Lensing: Optical
caustics of Kerr spacetime: the full structure by Bozza
Kerr Lensing: Kerr black hole lensing for generic observers in the strong deflection limit by Bozza et al.
Numerical Framework: Study
of errors in strong gravitational lensing by Kling and Frittelli
Numerical Framework: Light cones for Spherically Symmetric Black Holes by Tower
Spacetime perspective of Schwarzschild lensing by Frittelli et al.
Space-time Perspective: Fermat Potentials for Non-Perturbative Gravitational Lensing by Frittelli et al.
Numerical Recipes Homepage // Old Numerical Recipes in C text
C programming // C++ class site
Journal FAQ: all students will maintain a journal for a significant portion of their grade.