Gravitational-Wave Astronomy: Exploring the Dark Side of the Universe

Gravitational-Wave Astronomy: Exploring the Dark Side of the Universe
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    Gravitational-Wave Astronomy: Exploring the Dark Side of the Universe
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    Nils Andersson
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    January 20, 2020
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    688 pages
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Book Description
This book is an introduction to gravitational waves and related astrophysics. It provides a bridge across the range of astronomy, physics and cosmology that comes into play when trying to understand the gravitational-wave sky. Starting with Einstein's theory of gravity, chapters develop the key ideas step by step, leading up to the technology that finally caught these faint whispers from the distant universe. The second part of the book makes a direct connection with current research, introducing the relevant language and making the involved concepts less "mysterious". The book is intended to work as a platform, low enough that anyone with an elementary understanding of gravitational waves can scramble onto it, but at the same time high enough to connect readers with active research - and the many exciting discoveries that are happening right now.

The first part of the book introduces the key ideas, following a general overview chapter and including a brief reminder of Einstein's theory. This part can be taught as a self-contained one semester course. The second part of the book is written to work as a collection of "set pieces" with core material that can be adapted to specific lectures and additional material that provide context and depth.

A range of readers may find this book useful, including graduate students, astronomers looking for basic understanding of the gravitational-wave window to the universe, researchers analysing data from gravitational-wave detectors, and nuclear and particle physicists.


1. Opening the window

Part 1 - From theory to experiment
2. A brief survey of general relativity
3. Gravitational waves
4. From black holes to stars and the Universe at large
5. Binary inspiral
6. Spinning stars and cosmic recycling
7. Catching the wave
8. Mining the data

Part 2 - The dark side of the universe
9. The stellar graveyard
10. Testing relativity
11. Beyond Newton
12. Towards the extreme
13. From oscillations to instabilities
14. Building mountains
15. The r-mode instability
16. Black-hole dynamics
17. Spinning black holes
18. Relativistic asteroseismology
19. Colliding black holes
20. Cosmic fireworks
21. Anatomy of a merger
22. Whispers from the Big Bang

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