Extreme gravity tests with gravitational waves from compact binary coalescences: (I) inspiral–merger

Emanuele Berti, Kent Yagi, Nicolás Yunes

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The observation of the inspiral and merger of compact binaries by the LIGO/Virgo collaboration ushered in a new era in the study of strong-field gravity. We review current and future tests of strong gravity and of the Kerr paradigm with gravitational-wave interferometers, both within a theory-agnostic framework (the parametrized post-Einsteinian formalism) and in the context of specific modified theories of gravity (scalar–tensor, Einstein–dilaton–Gauss–Bonnet, dynamical Chern–Simons, Lorentz-violating, and extra dimensional theories). In this contribution we focus on (i) the information carried by the inspiral radiation, and (ii) recent progress in numerical simulations of compact binary mergers in modified gravity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number46
JournalGeneral Relativity and Gravitation
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Compact binary systems
  • Gravitational waves
  • Modified gravity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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