Stochastic backgrounds in alternative theories of gravity: overlap reduction functions for pulsar timing arrays

Дата и время публикации : 2011-11-24T00:50:54Z

Авторы публикации и институты :
Sydney J. Chamberlin
Xavier Siemens

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Коментарии к cтатье: 13 pages, 7 figures, published in Physical Review D 85 (082001), 2012
Первичная категория: astro-ph.HE

Все категории : astro-ph.HE, gr-qc

Краткий обзор статьи: In the next decade gravitational waves might be detected using a pulsar timing array. In an effort to develop optimal detection strategies for stochastic backgrounds of gravitational waves in generic metric theories of gravity, we investigate the overlap reduction functions for these theories and discuss their features. We show that the sensitivity to non-transverse gravitational waves is greater than the sensitivity to transverse gravitational waves and discuss the physical origin of this effect. We calculate the overlap reduction functions for the current NANOGrav Pulsar Timing Array (PTA) and show that the sensitivity to the vector and scalar-longitudinal modes can increase dramatically for pulsar pairs with small angular separations. For example, the J1853+1303-J1857+0943 pulsar pair, with an angular separation of about 3 degrees, is about 10^4 times more sensitive to the longitudinal component of the stochastic background, if it is present, than the transverse components.

Category: Physics