A number of gravitational-wave detectors are currently being built around the world. Their goal is to detect gravitational radiation for the first time. A graduate workshop at the 'Centre de Physique' in Les Houches in the French Alps was dedicated to this exciting topic. In this book, a distinguished team of researchers review all aspects of this entirely new view of our Universe. An accompanying free CD-ROM provides numerical simulations of black holes and other exotic objects emitting gravitational radiation, together with the book in a hypertext format. We are introduced to the most recent models of gravitational-wave emission by black hole-neutron star binary systems, stars undergoing gravitational collapse, pulsars and accreting neutron stars, and by fluctuations in the primordial Universe. This timely volume provides an invaluable introduction for graduate students and is set to become the standard reference for researchers in physics and astronomy interested in gravitational radiation.
• Includes a free CD-ROM with computer simulations and the book text in a hypertext format • Specially written chapters by a team of distinguished world experts • Will become the standard reference on gravitational radiation
Participants; Preface; Acknowledgements; Part I. Relativistic Gravity: Selected Themes in Relativistic Gravity T. Damour; 1. Gravitational radiation from relativistic sources L. Blanchet; 2. Radiative spacetimes: exact approaches J. Bicak; 3. Pulsating relativistic stars K. D. Kokkotas; Part II. Astrophysical Sources: The Evolution of Close Binary Systems Driven by Gravitational Radiation A. R. King; 4. Relativistic binary pulsars A. Wolszczan; 5. Solid interiors of neutron stars and gravitational radiation P. Haensel; 6. Gravitational waves from neutron stars S. Bonazzola and E. Gourgoulhon; Part III. Mathematical Framework: 3+1 General Relativity in Hyperbolic Form A. M. Abrahams and J. W. York, Jr.; 7. 2+2 formalism and applications R. d'Inverno; 8. Combining cauchy and characteristic codes in numerical relativity R. d'Inverno; Part IV. Numerical Methods: High-order Finite-Difference Scheme J. M. Marti; 9. Spectral methods S. Bonazzola, E. Gourgoulhon and J. A. Marck; Part V. Numerical Models: Gravitational Waves From Core Collapse Supernovae E. Muller; 10. Coalescence of binary neutron stars K. Oohara and T. Nakamura; 11. Black holes in numerical relativity E. Seidel and W. M. Suen; Part VI. Detection Of Gravitational Waves: Signal Analysis of Gravitational Waves B. S. Sathyaprakash; 12. The stochastic gravity-wave background: sources and detection B. Allen; 13. Resonant-mass detection of tensor and scalar waves R. V. Wagoner; 14. Scalar-tensor theories and gravitational radiation R. V. Wagoner and D. Kalligas; 15. The detection of gravitational waves B. F. Schutz.
'… enormously impressive … essential reading for anyone seriously working in this field …'. G. W. Gibbons, Contemporary Physics