Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Testing General Relativity with Spherical Resonant Mass Detectors
by Sylvester, Alex J., M.S., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2015, 87; 10002423
Abstract (Summary)

Gravitational waves in f(R) gravity excite monopole and m = 0±2 quadrupole resonance modes of a spherical detector. This document reviews the basic ideas of general relativity and gravitational waves, and then applies those concepts to an f( R) gravitational wave. The acoustic response of a GW incident with a spherical detector is reviewed in detail, and the absorption cross section for an f(R) GW impinging on the spherical detector is calculated. Minimum detectable scalar wave amplitudes are explored for the Mario Schenberg detector. The mass of the scalar mode affects its detectability.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Dent, James B.
Commitee: Morra, Gabriele, Sidorovskaia, Natalia A.
School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: Physics
School Location: United States -- Louisiana
Source: MAI 55/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Astrophysics, Physics
Keywords: F(r), General relativity, Gravitational waves, Spherical
Publication Number: 10002423
ISBN: 978-1-339-41933-6
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