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Special Issue "Gravitational Waves: Prospects after the First Direct Detections"
A special issue of Universe (ISSN 2218-1997). This special issue belongs to the section "Gravitation".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2020) | Viewed by 9489
Special Issue Editor
Interests: cosmology and dark energy models; galaxy structure and dark matter models; gravitational lensing; Black holes, accretion and jets; gravitational waves from compact binaries supermassive black hole binaries: gravitational waves and jets; brane-worlds and black strings; general relativity; constrained dynamical systems; LIGO Scientific Collaboration
Special Issue Information
Tiny ripples of space-time curvature propagating with the speed of light were first detected by Advanced LIGO in 2015, one century after General Relativity, the theory correctly predicting gravitational waves, was formulated. These observational results certainly stand among the most important ones in contemporary physics, confirming General Relativity (or theories having the correct general relativistic limit) in a spectacular manner. The general excitement following the detections leaded to planning of new gravitational wave observatories while existing projects are sped up. On the theoretical side, the investigations concerning the properties of gravitational waves beyond the weak field regime and beyond General Relativity gained increased momentum.
The first detected gravitational waves squeezed the distances in the detectors by a mere one thousandth of the size of the proton, as they were emitted 1.3 billion years ago and 410 Mpc away. Being so weak at arrival, gravitational waves are well described by a linear approach, as perturbations of the flat space-time. Their sources, pairs of black holes of only a few solar masses are among the smallest ones in the universe, which harbors much bigger black holes in galactic centers. There is important gravitational wave physics well beyond the weak-field regime.
We invite colleagues to submit contributions to the Special Issue, "Gravitational Waves: Prospects after the First Direct Detections", of the journal Universe, addressing both theoretical and observational aspects concerning the
- first direct detections of gravitational waves,
- future gravitational wave experiments,
- strong-field gravitational waves in the geometrical optics approximation,
- backreaction of gravitational waves,
- gravitational waves as exact solutions of the Einstein equations,
- gravitational waves in modified gravity theories,
- observational and theoretical constraints on the speed and polarizations of gravitational waves,
- astrophysics and cosmology with gravitational waves,
- electromagnetic and high-energy cosmic ray counterparts of gravitational waves.
The contributions can be either shorter research papers or longer reviews. Publication, upon favorable review, is free of charge. The Special Issue will be also published as a book with ISBN number, provided it will contain at least 10 contributions.
Prof. László Árpád Gergely
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