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Living Reviews in Relativity

, 16:7

First Online: 12 September 2013Accepted: 19 August 2013


We review the tests of general relativity that will become possible with space-based gravitational-wave detectors operating in the ∼ 10 − 1 Hz low-frequency band. The fundamental aspects of gravitation that can be tested include the presence of additional gravitational fields other than the metric; the number and tensorial nature of gravitational-wave polarization states; the velocity of propagation of gravitational waves; the binding energy and gravitational-wave radiation of binaries, and therefore the time evolution of binary inspirals; the strength and shape of the waves emitted from binary mergers and ringdowns; the true nature of astrophysical black holes; and much more. The strength of this science alone calls for the swift implementation of a space-based detector; the remarkable richness of astrophysics, astronomy, and cosmology in the low-frequency gravitational-wave band make the case even stronger.

Keywordsgeneral relativity gravitational waves LISA eLISA data analysis black holes gravitation  Download fulltext PDF

Author: Jonathan R. Gair - Michele Vallisneri - Shane L. Larson - John G. Baker

Source: https://link.springer.com/

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