Special Issue "Gravitational Waves"

A special issue of Symmetry (ISSN 2073-8994).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2018)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Malik Rakhmanov

Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, USA
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Phone: 956 882 6534
Interests: gravitational waves, optics, interferometry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Direct observation of gravitational waves in 2015 marked the beginning of a new era in physics and astronomy. Objects in the sky, such as binary black holes, which are not visible in conventional electromagnetic spectrum, have recently been observed via gravitational waves that they emit during the merger phase. Other objects, such as binary neutron stars, can produce both electromagnetic and gravitational-wave signals, which can be analyzed concurrently, leading to an entirely new way to study the universe.

Gravitational waves are minute perturbations of the geometry of space-time which propagate through space with the speed of light. To describe the propagation of gravitational waves and their effect on the detector one has to choose a certain coordinate system. One of the most frequently used coordinate systems is associated with the transverse and traceless gauge in which the gravitational wave is represented by a symmetric, transverse and traceless tensor of the metric perturbation. Gravitational waves can also be described in the Fermi normal coordinate system which is built around the worldline of inertial observer. Other coordinate systems may be more suitable for the analysis of gravitational waves because of the symmetries they manifest.

In this Special Issues of Symmetry, we focus our attention on the role of the coordinate system in the description of gravitational waves, their interaction with the detector, and the formation of the signal. We welcome papers that present theoretical analysis of gravitational waves when described in different coordinate systems and provide physical interpretation of the properties of these coordinate systems. In particular, the authors are welcome to analyze the motion of test masses under the influence of gravitational waves in these coordinate systems, or the way these coordinates affect our interpretation of the detection method.

Dr. Malik Rakhmanov
Guest Editor

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  • General Relativity
  • Gravitation
  • Gravitational Waves
  • Geodesic Equation
  • Geodesic Deviation
  • Transverse Traceless Gauge
  • Riemann Normal Coordinates
  • Fermi Normal Coordinates
  • Gravitational Redshift
  • Time Dilation

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Open AccessFeature PaperConcept Paper The YARK Theory of Gravity Can Reproduce Neither the LIGO “GW150914 Signal”, nor the Other LIGO Detections of Gravitational Waves
Symmetry 2018, 10(11), 558; https://doi.org/10.3390/sym10110558
Received: 3 October 2018 / Revised: 24 October 2018 / Accepted: 25 October 2018 / Published: 1 November 2018
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We show that, based on important reasons, differently from some recent claim in the literature, the YARK theory of gravity can reproduce neither the LIGO “GW150914 signal”, nor the other LIGO detections of gravitational waves (GWs). Full article
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