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Why are they building eLISA and what implications would it have?

I understand that the next step after LIGO is to plan and build eLISA, I understand that out in space there are a lot less interferences compared to Earth which makes it a good way to detect things we ...
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Gravity vs Gravitational Waves

I thought I had a reasonable understanding of relativity, the speed of light speed limit, and how this stuff related to gravity. Then I read through all the answers/comments for this question: How ...
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Gravitational wave equations worked out

Is there a website where gravitational wave equations are worked out numerically? I would like to experiment with mass configurations but can't find examples.
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Would colliding Magnetars create Gravito-Magnetic waves? [on hold]

Using similar physics involved in creating the gravitational waves, would a similar thing happen but create Gravito-magnetic waves with magnetars colliding? What effect would this wave have on ...
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Non equilibrium black hole radiating away energy and angular momentum, with total energy and angular momentum conserved

The question refers to whether mass (i.e., energy) and angular momentum can be considered to have been carried away by the gravitational radiation in the hole settling down. And whether those entities ...
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Gravitational waves from neutron star - neutron star merger

How is neutron star-neutron star merger different from Black Hole-Black Hole merger and what information can be extracted from gravitational waves emitted by these processes?
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A spin zero graviton?

Why can the graviton not be a spin 0 particle? On a similar note why can it not be a spin 4, spin 6 particle?
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How does Zumberge's 1981 gravitational measurements relate to gravitational waves?

Gravitational waves were discovered 35 years ago without fanfare in 1981/2 by Zumberge, R L Rinker and J E Faller, then completely ignored. See: "A Portable Apparatus for Absolute Measurements of ...
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Producing gravitational waves in labs

Can gravitational waves be created on very small region of vacuum with quadruple movement of atom or subatomic particles?
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Why is graviton not found yet? [duplicate]

Why is graviton not found yet? Newton said gravity pulls us, Einstein said space is bent and it pushes us, hawking predicts the existence of graviton and 'hawking radiation'. How far are we from ...
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Do Gravitational Waves disprove superluminal Alcubierre drive?

I am not a physicist. But... does the rate at which gravitational waves travel set an upper limit to the "speed" of a ship propelled with Alcubierre drive? Or does it present a relativistic trick ...
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Do gravitational waves affect light?

Gravity "bends" light, predicted with theory of relativity and subsequently observed: how does gravity and gravitational waves achieve this effect, and shouldn't this effect be present wherever ...
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Why '1+log slicing condition' and 'Gamma Driver Shift Condition' were successful in black hole simulations?

The 1+log slicing and Gamma driver shift conditions are I want to know if there is a specific reason why these conditions were used most for Black Hole simulations in Numerical Relativty. And how ...
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Why does the 'sticky bead argument' for (gravitational waves carrying energy) work?

Throughout much of the 20th century there was debate about whether Gravitational Waves were real, and whether or not they carrier energy and could be detected. It is often presented that Feynman's ...
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Can Bose-Einstein Condensates reflect gravitational waves?

This is a question based on the paper by Raymond Chiao in 2002 where it is stated: One of the conceptual tensions between quantum mechanics (QM) and general relativity (GR) arises from the clash ...
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Can gravitational waves observed far from a black hole tell us anything about the multipole moments of a dynamical horizon?

In a paper by Ashtekar et al in 2013 on the approach to the final state to a stationary black hole they study the evolution of the multipole moments of dynamical horizons, which relax away (except for ...
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Beyond gravitational waves- what now? [duplicate]

Now that the existence of gravitational waves has been established, what is the position regarding the incompatibility of general relativity and quantum mechanics in the creation of matter? Has this ...
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How would be effect gravitational field of an accelerated object?

We have a mass in space and it is accelerating until 0.7C (which gives it nearly 50% mass equivalence in momentum.) I'd like to hope to understand the changes in gravitational fields after ...
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shouldn't a photon traversing the vacuum always be associated with a gravitational wave?

In perusing the linearized Einstein equation, it appears that even a classical electromagnetic plane wave would always have to be associated with a tensor perturbation to the background spacetime. ...
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Can gravitational waves diffract off massive objects?

Can gravitational waves diffract off massive objects? If so, how much mass is needed to significantly disturb the waves propagation?
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Gravitational waves frequency

When people quote the discovery of gravitational waves no reference seems to be made to the frequency, presumably this is about the current state of detectors. Or are the frequencies detected the ...
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Could it in theory be possible to produce AM and FM gravitational waves?

I'm borrowing the concept of a radio and having fun with space-time, my argument is that since gravitational wave have amplitude and frequency it is very much similar to electromagnetic wave such as ...
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What would happen if a gravitational wave hit me?

What would happen if a gravitational wave hits me? Will it affect me or will something else happen?
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Why didn't LIGO wait for a second observation of a gravitational wave? Are not reproducible results fundamental to science? [closed]

Wikipedia states, "Reproducibility is one of the main principles of the scientific method." So why did LIGO ignore a main principle of the scientific method? My whole life I have been taught that ...
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What did we learn by detecting a gravitational wave? [duplicate]

In February 2016 the LIGO team announced that they had detected gravitational waves on 14 September 2015. As far as I know, we already knew that gravity propagates at the speed of light. So two black ...
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Do gravitational waves travelling through a medium produce sound?

Say Alice decided to orbit dangerously close to a couple of black holes circling each other. She is in a heavily enclosed astronaut suit, as is Bob, who is floating much further away. Assuming Alice ...
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If we could perfectly control gravitational waves, could we play music with them? [closed]

Sound is just a kinetic wave propagating through a medium, right? In that case, if we had the ability to make gravitational waves exactly as we want them, could we play music to an observer some ...
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Can gravitational wave be blue/red shifted?

I'm picturing a simple scenario: 2 black holes about to merge and they are receding away from us at constant speed. (I like to negate the rate of expansion of space and assume universe is perfectly ...
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If gravitons are 'real' and analogous to photons are they also being 'stretched' by the universe's expansion?

Since photon wavelengths are stretched by our expanding universe, appearing to us as a redshift, would graviton wavelengths similarly be stretched? For that matter, do gravitons even have a ...
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If space can expand faster than light why can't gravitational wave?

I heard that gravitational wave is the measure of stretchiness of space time, so since there is no limit to how fast space can stretch what about gravitational wave?
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Classical gravitational waves, again [duplicate]

I'm basically duplicating this question, because I'm not satisfied with the answer. Here's why I'm not satisfied. If we know that "gravity travels at a finite speed", then it seems obvious that it ...
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What is the explicit form of $\tau^{\alpha\beta}$ in the linearized Einstein field equations $\Box h^{\alpha\beta}=-16\pi\tau^{\alpha\beta}$?

If we let $h^{\alpha\beta}=\eta^{\alpha\beta}-g^{\alpha\beta}\sqrt{|det(g)|}$ then, according to wikipedia, the Einstein Field Equations become $$\Box h^{\alpha\beta}=-16\pi\tau^{\alpha\beta},$$ where ...
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What are gravitational waves made of?

The following facts are what I think I know about gravitational waves: Distortion of space-time moving away from a source at light speed. Produced by very powerful event in the universe such as ...
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The LIGO Gravitational Wave Detection: have deep-mantle earthquakes been ruled out? [duplicate]

Everywhere I've looked so far that talks about the possibility the LIGO detection was an earthquake, involves being ruled out due to the large distance between the two LIGO sites. Two identical ...
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The LIGO Gravitational Wave Detection: How frequent in the observable universe? [duplicate]

The currently detectable interval of black hole mergers is on the order of seconds or fractions of seconds. So each black hole merger, no matter how long the end to end process, is only detectable by ...
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Does the existence of “gravitational waves” (assuming they exist) imply that time exists as a 4th dimension in the universe? [closed]

I'm new to thinking about special and general relativity and I have no formal training as a physicist. However, I've been doing a bit of thinking about spacetime recently. I was wondering if ...
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Gravitational waves from an oscillating mass

If you drill a hole through the earth and drop a mass down it, it will oscillate back and forth as it moves through the hole from one end to the other. Does this motion create gravitational waves (I ...
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Do gravitational vawes deplete energy even if there's nothing they can affect?

I've read multiple times that one of consequences of gravitational waves being a thing is, that they make any orbit unstable. As long as the two or bodies orbit around each other, they create ...
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Gravitational Waves and LIGO [closed]

Last month, we as a species did something remarkable. We detected the presence of gravitational waves. While we all are celebrating and excited about the newest discovery of mankind. I could use ...
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Using geodesic deviation for freely falling particles when gravitational waves comes through

Suppose we have a gravitational wave which gives us the following metric $$ds^2=-dt^2+(1+h_+\cos(\omega(t-z)))dx^2+(1-h_+\cos(\omega(t-z)))dy^2+dz^2$$ I want to calculate the time it takes for a ...
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Gravitational waves: simulations of signal

I am self-learning GR. I was wondering if there is any open source software to help learn more about the signal processing of gravitational waves. E.g. a software that injects a signal into random ...
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If there is no speed limit on space-time compression, why do gravitational waves travel at light-speed?

From what I've read about spacetime and general relativity it seems there is no limit on how quickly space-time can be compressed or expanded. Why then gravitational waves are limited to light speed? ...
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What can and can't gravitational waves affect?

Owing to the relative weakness of gravity, I would have assumed that the gravitational waves detected by LIGO couldn't expand / contract the nuclei of atoms (governed by the strong interaction) or ...
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Did the LIGO measure gravitomagnetic waves as well?

I think of gravitomagnetism as as the "magnetic" portion of gravity, with gravity being the "electric" portion. Since gravity ("electric") seems to affect space (which the LIGO could detect) what ...
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How does the propagation of gravity work for photons?

As explained in the answers to this post, photons apparently exert a gravitational pull on other objects. It has also been explained on this site, that gravity propagates at the speed of light. I'm ...
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Two “devil's advocate” questions related to LIGO measurement results interpretation

"If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things." Rene Descartes Laymen like me typically refers to Wikipedia ...
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Since the horizon of a Nonstationary isolated black hole is a closed surface, how can gravitational waves be generated?

I understand this is from numerical calculations in GR. I have not seen them. Can anyone elucidate on what generates the GW waves - I know that deformities (anything moments higher than dipole) will ...
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Circular array of (4, 6 or 12) interferometers with circumferential end points for GW analysis?

If both or, at least, one of the two current LIGO installations instead of the single interferometer would have the circular array of (4, 6 or 12) interferometers (with circumferential locations of ...
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Time and frequency extremes

I wonder if there exists a table of which physical events have the shortest time scale (like matter/antimatter annihilation) and which have the longest (like proton decay). The same question applies ...
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light gravitational wave interaction

What happens when light photos and gravitation waves collide? Like can the photon "surf" on the gravitational wave and change direction, wavelength, velocity?