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Gravitational Waves: Volume 1: Theory and Experiments

Michele Maggiore


This book deals with all aspects of gravitational-wave physics, both theoretical and experimental. This first volume deals with gravitational wave (GW) theory and experiments. Part I discusses the theory of GWs, re-deriving afresh and in a coherent way all the results presented. Both the geometrical and the field-theoretical approach to general relativity are discussed. The generation of GWs is discussed first in linearized theory (including the general multipole expansion) and then within the post-Newtonian formalism. Many important calculations (inspiral of compact binaries, GW emission by r ... More

Keywords: general relativity, post-Newtonian formalism, interferometers, resonant-mass detectors, data analysis, Hulse-Taylor pulsar, gravitons, classical field theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780198570745
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198570745.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michele Maggiore, author
Department of Theoretical Physics, University of Geneva