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Title: Tests of General Relativity

Abstract

The last years have seen continuing activities in the exploration of our understanding of gravity, motivated by results from precision cosmology and new precision astrophysical experiments. At the centre of attention lies the question as to whether general relativity is the correct theory of gravity. In answering this question, we work not only towards correctly interpreting the phenomenon of 'dark energy' but also towards the goal of achieving a quantum theory of gravity. In these efforts, the observations of pulsars, especially those in binary systems, play an important role. Pulsars do not only provide the only evidence for the existence of gravitational waves so far, but they also provide precision tests of general relativity and alternative theories of gravity. This talk summarizes the current state-of-art in these experiments and looks into the future.

Authors:
 [1];  [2]
  1. MPI fuer Radioastronomie, Auf dem Huegel 69, 53121 Bonn (Germany)
  2. (United Kingdom)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
21611638
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
AIP Conference Proceedings
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 1381; Journal Issue: 1; Conference: TEXAS 2010: 25. Texas symposium on relativistic astrophysics, Heidelberg (Germany), 6-10 Dec 2010; Other Information: DOI: 10.1063/1.3635826; (c) 2011 American Institute of Physics; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Journal ID: ISSN 0094-243X
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; 72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; ASTROPHYSICS; BLACK HOLES; COSMOLOGY; GALAXIES; GENERAL RELATIVITY THEORY; GRAVITATION; GRAVITATIONAL WAVES; NONLUMINOUS MATTER; PULSARS; QUADRUPOLE MOMENTS; QUANTUM GRAVITY; COSMIC RADIO SOURCES; FIELD THEORIES; MATTER; PHYSICS; QUANTUM FIELD THEORY; RELATIVITY THEORY

Citation Formats

Kramer, Michael, and Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL. Tests of General Relativity. United States: N. p., 2011. Web. doi:10.1063/1.3635826.
Kramer, Michael, & Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL. Tests of General Relativity. United States. doi:10.1063/1.3635826.
Kramer, Michael, and Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL. Thu . "Tests of General Relativity". United States. doi:10.1063/1.3635826.
@article{osti_21611638,
title = {Tests of General Relativity},
author = {Kramer, Michael and Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL},
abstractNote = {The last years have seen continuing activities in the exploration of our understanding of gravity, motivated by results from precision cosmology and new precision astrophysical experiments. At the centre of attention lies the question as to whether general relativity is the correct theory of gravity. In answering this question, we work not only towards correctly interpreting the phenomenon of 'dark energy' but also towards the goal of achieving a quantum theory of gravity. In these efforts, the observations of pulsars, especially those in binary systems, play an important role. Pulsars do not only provide the only evidence for the existence of gravitational waves so far, but they also provide precision tests of general relativity and alternative theories of gravity. This talk summarizes the current state-of-art in these experiments and looks into the future.},
doi = {10.1063/1.3635826},
journal = {AIP Conference Proceedings},
issn = {0094-243X},
number = 1,
volume = 1381,
place = {United States},
year = {2011},
month = {9}
}