Late inspiral and merger of binary black holes in scalar-tensor theories of gravity

James Healy, Tanja Bode, Roland Haas, Enrique Pazos, Pablo Laguna, Deirdre M. Shoemaker, Nicolás Yunes

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Abstract

Gravitational wave observations will probe nonlinear gravitational interactions and thus enable strong tests of Einsteins theory of general relativity. We present a numerical relativity study of the late inspiral and merger of binary black holes in scalar-tensor theories of gravity. We consider binaries inside a scalar field bubble, including in some cases a potential. We demonstrate how an evolving scalar field is able to trigger detectable differences between gravitational waves in scalar-tensor gravity and the corresponding waves in general relativity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number232002
JournalClassical and Quantum Gravity
Volume29
Issue number23
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 7 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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