Physics, astrophysics and cosmology with gravitational waves

B. S. Sathyaprakash, Bernard F. Schutz

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Gravitational wave detectors are already operating at interesting sensitivity levels, and they have an upgrade path that should result in secure detections by 2014. We review the physics of gravitational waves, how they interact with detectors (bars and interferometers), and how these detectors operate. We study the most likely sources of gravitational waves and review the data analysis methods that are used to extract their signals from detector noise. Then we consider the consequences of gravitational wave detections and observations for physics, astrophysics, and cosmology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2
JournalLiving Reviews in Relativity
StatePublished - Mar 4 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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