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Title: Electromagnetic radiation accompanying gravitational waves from black hole binaries

Abstract

The transition of powerful gravitational waves, created by the coalescence of massive black hole binaries, into electromagnetic radiation in external magnetic fields is considered. In contrast to the previous calculations of the similar effect we study the realistic case of the gravitational radiation frequency below the plasma frequency of the surrounding medium. The gravitational waves propagating in the plasma constantly create electromagnetic radiation dragging it with them, despite the low frequency. The plasma heating by the unattenuated electromagnetic wave may be significant in hot rarefied plasma with strong magnetic field and can lead to a noticeable burst of electromagnetic radiation with higher frequency. The graviton-to-photon conversion effect in plasma is discussed in the context of possible electromagnetic counterparts of GW150914 and GW170104.

Authors:
 [1];  [2]
  1. Dept. of Physics, Novosibirsk State University, Pirogova 2, 630090 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation)
  2. Sternberg Astronomical Institute, Moscow M.V. Lomonosov State University, Universitetskij pr. 13, 119234 Moscow (Russian Federation)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22667690
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics; Journal Volume: 2017; Journal Issue: 09; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; BINARY STARS; BLACK HOLES; COALESCENCE; ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION; GRAVITATIONAL WAVES; GRAVITONS; LANGMUIR FREQUENCY; MAGNETIC FIELDS; PLASMA HEATING

Citation Formats

Dolgov, A., and Postnov, K., E-mail: dolgov@fe.infn.it, E-mail: kpostnov@gmail.com. Electromagnetic radiation accompanying gravitational waves from black hole binaries. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1088/1475-7516/2017/09/018.
Dolgov, A., & Postnov, K., E-mail: dolgov@fe.infn.it, E-mail: kpostnov@gmail.com. Electromagnetic radiation accompanying gravitational waves from black hole binaries. United States. doi:10.1088/1475-7516/2017/09/018.
Dolgov, A., and Postnov, K., E-mail: dolgov@fe.infn.it, E-mail: kpostnov@gmail.com. Fri . "Electromagnetic radiation accompanying gravitational waves from black hole binaries". United States. doi:10.1088/1475-7516/2017/09/018.
@article{osti_22667690,
title = {Electromagnetic radiation accompanying gravitational waves from black hole binaries},
author = {Dolgov, A. and Postnov, K., E-mail: dolgov@fe.infn.it, E-mail: kpostnov@gmail.com},
abstractNote = {The transition of powerful gravitational waves, created by the coalescence of massive black hole binaries, into electromagnetic radiation in external magnetic fields is considered. In contrast to the previous calculations of the similar effect we study the realistic case of the gravitational radiation frequency below the plasma frequency of the surrounding medium. The gravitational waves propagating in the plasma constantly create electromagnetic radiation dragging it with them, despite the low frequency. The plasma heating by the unattenuated electromagnetic wave may be significant in hot rarefied plasma with strong magnetic field and can lead to a noticeable burst of electromagnetic radiation with higher frequency. The graviton-to-photon conversion effect in plasma is discussed in the context of possible electromagnetic counterparts of GW150914 and GW170104.},
doi = {10.1088/1475-7516/2017/09/018},
journal = {Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics},
number = 09,
volume = 2017,
place = {United States},
year = {Fri Sep 01 00:00:00 EDT 2017},
month = {Fri Sep 01 00:00:00 EDT 2017}
}