Introduction

Observations of gravitational radiation from black holes and neutron stars promise to dramatically transform our view of the universe. This new topic of gravitational-wave astronomy will be initiated with detections by recently commissioned gravitational-wave detectors. These are notably the Laser Interferometric Gravitational wave Observatory LIGO (US), Virgo (Europe), TAMA (Japan) and GEO (Germany), and various bar detectors in the US and Europe. This book is intended for graduate students...

Phenomenology of GRB supernovae

Since you are now studying geometry and trigonometry, I will give you a problem. A ship sails the ocean. It left Boston with a cargo of wool. It grosses 200 tons. It is bound for Le Havre. The mainmast is broken, the cabin boy is on deck, there are 12 passengers aboard, the wind is blowing East-North-East, the clock points to a quarter past three in the afternoon. It is the month of May. How old is the captain Gustave Flaubert (1821-80), in a letter to his sister Cavoline, 1843. Discovery of...

Gravitational Radiation Luminous Black Holes and Gamma Ray Burst Supernovae

Black holes and gravitational radiation are two of the most dramatic predictions of general relativity. The quest for rotating black holes - discovered by Roy P. Kerr as exact solutions to the Einstein equations - is one of the most exciting challenges currently facing physicists and astronomers. Gravitational Radiation, Luminous Black Holes and Gamma-ray Burst Supernovae takes the reader through the theory of gravitational radiation and rotating black holes, and the phenomenology of GRB...

LIGO and Virgo detectors

LIGO consists of two 4 km detectors, located at Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington (Figure 16.1). The Livingston site houses a single laser beam interferometer (LL1), while the Hanford site houses two laser beam interferometers (LH1 and LH2). Virgo consists of a single 3 km detector in Cascina (near Pisa), Italy. TAMA in Mitaka, Tokyo, and GEO at Hanover are detectors of comparable design, except their arm lengths are 300 and 600 m, respectively. Gingin at Perth is an 80 m test...