Vol. 12 (2009) > lrr-2009-2

doi: 10.12942/lrr-2009-2
Living Rev. Relativity 12 (2009), 2

Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology with Gravitational Waves

1 School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University, Cardiff, U.K.
2 School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University, Cardiff, U.K. and Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute), Potsdam-Golm, Germany

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Gravitational wave detectors are already operating at interesting sensitivity levels, and they have an upgrade path that should result in secure detections by 2014. We review the physics of gravitational waves, how they interact with detectors (bars and interferometers), and how these detectors operate. We study the most likely sources of gravitational waves and review the data analysis methods that are used to extract their signals from detector noise. Then we consider the consequences of gravitational wave detections and observations for physics, astrophysics, and cosmology.

Keywords: Gravitational wave detectors, Gravitational waves, Gravitational wave sources, Data analysis

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ORIGINAL http://www.livingreviews.org/lrr-2009-2
Title Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology with Gravitational Waves
Author B.S. Sathyaprakash / Bernard F. Schutz
Date accepted 29 January 2009, published 4 March 2009
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