Neutron Stars, Black Holes and Gravitational Waves


Neutron Stars and Black Holes are the leftovers of the explosion of very massive stars. Furthermore, these extreme objects are also the main emitters of Gravitational Waves. The curse is intended to provide a basic observational and theoretical introduction of Neutron Stars and Black Holes, their Gravitational Wave emission, and general multi-messenger physics of compact objects. Part of the course will also be dedicated to the detection techniques used to discover such extreme stars via their electromagnetic and gravitational wave emission.


  • Understand the bases of advanced topics selected at the frontier of high energy physics, astrophysics and cosmology and apply them consistently.

Learning outcomes

Understand the physical processes responsible for the multi-band emission of neutron stars of different classes, and black holes of various masses.


Neutron stars theory and observations. Pulsar basic physics and applications. Black holestheory and observations. Multi-band observations: telescopes, satellites and data analysis basics. Neutron star Equation of State. Gravitational Waves theory and observations. Gravitational Wave detectors. Gravitational Wave simulations.


No specific prerequisites are set for this course, but it is advisable to possess some basic knowledge of Astronomy and Physics.





  • The Physics and Astrophysics of Neutron Stars, Astrophysics and Space Sciences Library, Springer (Eds: Rezzolla, Pizzocchero, Jones, Rea, Vidana), 2018
  • High-Energy Emission from Pulsars and their Systems, Astrophysics and Space Sciences Library, Springer (Eds:Rea, Torres), 2011
  • Astrophysical Black Holes, Astrophysics and Space Sciences Library, Springer (Eds: Haardt, Gorini, Moschella, Treves, Colpi), 2016
  • Gravitational Wave Astrophysics, Astrophysics and Space Sciences Library, Springer (eds: Sopuerta), 2016

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