publication . Article . Other literature type . Preprint . 2017

Soft gravitons and the memory effect for plane gravitational waves

Peter A. Horváthy; G. W. Gibbons; Pengming Zhang; Christian Duval;
Open Access English
  • Published: 11 Sep 2017
  • Publisher: HAL CCSD
  • Country: France
Abstract
The "gravitational memory effect" due to an exact plane wave provides us with an elementary description of the diffeomorphisms associated with soft gravitons. It is explained how the presence of the latter may be detected by observing the motion of freely falling particles or other forms of gravitational wave detection. Numerical calculations confirm the relevance of the first, second and third time integrals of the Riemann tensor pointed out earlier. Solutions for various profiles are constructed. It is also shown how to extend our treatment to Einstein-Maxwell plane waves and a midi-superspace quantization is given.
Subjects
free text keywords: numerical calculations, diffeomorphism, graviton, gravitation, tensor: Riemann, gravitational radiation: plane wave, [PHYS.GRQC]Physics [physics]/General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology [gr-qc], [PHYS.ASTR]Physics [physics]/Astrophysics [astro-ph], [PHYS.HTHE]Physics [physics]/High Energy Physics - Theory [hep-th], [ PHYS.GRQC ] Physics [physics]/General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology [gr-qc], [ PHYS.ASTR ] Physics [physics]/Astrophysics [astro-ph], [ PHYS.HTHE ] Physics [physics]/High Energy Physics - Theory [hep-th], General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology, Astrophysics - High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena, High Energy Physics - Theory, Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous), Quantization (signal processing), Plane wave, Riemann curvature tensor, symbols.namesake, symbols, Gravitational wave, Classical mechanics, Physics
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