Authors' Class Standing

Matthew Stone, Junior

Lead Presenter

Matthew Stone

Faculty Mentor Name

Dr. Michele Zanolin

Format Preference

Poster

Abstract

Gravitational waves are a product of Einstein's Theory of General Relativity. These waves are produced by high energy events, such as collapsing supernova, high mass binary systems, and more. This waves travel through space time unimpeded by obstacles such as dust, and thereby present a unique opportunity to study phenomena that are obstructed by dust and other materials. However, gravitational waves are hard to detect since they only exert a small effect on space time. Gravitational waves also come in polarizations, like light waves. We plan to prove that two polarizations coming from the same source can only be separated by up to one fourth of the period of the waves. We will do this by deriving the relationship through the Quadrupole Expansion, and by checking numerically if simulated waves obey this relationship.

Start Date

4-4-2014 12:00 PM

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Apr 4th, 12:00 PM

Expanding the Fraction of the Universe In Which We Can Observe Supernova Made Gravitational Waves

Gravitational waves are a product of Einstein's Theory of General Relativity. These waves are produced by high energy events, such as collapsing supernova, high mass binary systems, and more. This waves travel through space time unimpeded by obstacles such as dust, and thereby present a unique opportunity to study phenomena that are obstructed by dust and other materials. However, gravitational waves are hard to detect since they only exert a small effect on space time. Gravitational waves also come in polarizations, like light waves. We plan to prove that two polarizations coming from the same source can only be separated by up to one fourth of the period of the waves. We will do this by deriving the relationship through the Quadrupole Expansion, and by checking numerically if simulated waves obey this relationship.