Submitting Campus

Prescott

Department

Department of Physical Sciences

Document Type

Article

Publication/Presentation Date

Fall 12-2017

Abstract/Description

We investigate the possibility of observing very low frequency (VLF) electromagnetic radiation produced from the vacuum by gravitational waves. We review the calculations leading to the possibility of vacuum conversion of gravitational waves into electromagnetic waves and show how this process evades the well-known prohibition against particle production from gravitational waves. Using Newman-Penrose scalars, we estimate the luminosity of this proposed electromagnetic counterpart radiation coming from gravitational waves produced by neutron star oscillations. The detection of electromagnetic counterpart radiation would provide an indirect way of observing gravitational radiation with future spacecraft missions, especially lunar orbiting probes.

Publication Title

Physical Review D

DOI

10.1103/PhysRevD.96.124030

Publisher

American Physical Society

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Physics Commons

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