Testing Gravity with Gravitational Waves


Baker, T. (2020). Testing Gravity with Gravitational Waves. Perimeter Institute. https://pirsa.org/20110008


Baker, Tessa. Testing Gravity with Gravitational Waves. Perimeter Institute, Nov. 17, 2020, https://pirsa.org/20110008


          @misc{ pirsa_20110008,
            doi = {},
            url = {https://pirsa.org/20110008},
            author = {Baker, Tessa},
            keywords = {Cosmology},
            language = {en},
            title = {Testing Gravity with Gravitational Waves},
            publisher = {Perimeter Institute},
            year = {2020},
            month = {nov},
            note = {PIRSA:20110008 see, \url{https://pirsa.org}}


Gravitational waves (GWs) have already proved immensely powerful for constraining cosmological extensions of GR, both from data-driven and theoretical perspectives. However, GWs really come into their own when used in combination with complementary electromagnetic data. I’ll start by reviewing some of the bounds on extended gravity theories from GW detections to date. I'll introduce the formalism, the phenomenology, and the astrophysical pitfalls of these tests. Finally, we'll explore the impact of future experiments like LISA and accompanying galaxy surveys on the remaining parameter space of modified gravity theories.