Gravitational waves (GWs) are a hot topic and promise to play a central role in astrophysics, cosmology, and theoretical physics. Technological developments have led us to the brink of their direct observation, which could become a reality in the coming years. The direct observation of GWs will open an entirely new field: GW astronomy. This is expected to bring a revolution in our knowledge of the universe by allowing the observation of previously unseen phenomena, such as the coalescence of compact objects (neutron stars and black holes), the fall of stars into supermassive black holes, stellar core collapses, big-bang relics, and the new and unexpected.
With a wide range of contributions by leading scientists in the field, Gravitational Waves covers topics such as the basics of GWs, various advanced topics, GW detectors, astrophysics of GW sources, numerical applications, and several recent theoretical developments. The material is written at a level suitable for postgraduate students entering the field.
Gravitational waves, theory and experiment (an overview). Part 1 Gravitational waves, sources and detectors (B F Schutz and F Ricci): Elements of gravitational waves. Gravitational wave detectors. Astrophysics of gravitational wave sources. Waves and energy. Mass- and current-quadrupole radiation. Source calculations. Part 2 Gravitational wave detectors (G Pizzella et al): Resonant detectors for gravitational waves and their bandwidth. The Earth based large interferometer Virgo and the low frequency facility. Detection of scalar gravitational waves. Part 3 The stachastic gravitational wave background (D Babusci, et al): Generalities of stachastic GW background. Sources of SGWB. Part 4 Theoretical developments (H Nicolai et al): Infinite dimensional symmetries in gravity. Gyroscopes and gravitational waves. Elementary introduction to pre-big bang cosmology and to the relic graviton background. Post-Newtonian computation of binary inspiral waveforms. Part 5 Numerical relativity.