Two approaches to testing general relativity in the strong-field regime

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Abstract

Observations of compact objects in the electromagnetic spectrum and the detection of gravitational waves from them can lead to quantitative tests of the theory of general relativity in the strong-field regime following two very different approaches. In the first approach, the general relativistic field equations are modified at a fundamental level and the magnitudes of the potential deviations are constrained by comparison with observations. In the second approach, the exterior spacetimes of compact objects are parametrized in a phenomenological way, the various parameters are measured observationally, and the results are finally compared against the general relativistic predictions. In this article, I discuss the current status of both approaches, focusing on the lessons learned from a large number of recent investigations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number012033
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Volume189
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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