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Gravitational wave detectors will revolutionize gravitational-wave astronomy by enabling researchers to see the Universe through fine antennas, providing a clearer, more detailed image of what lies in the Universe. This book reviews all aspects of this exciting astronomical project. This timely volume provides an invaluable introduction for graduate students and will be the standard reference for researchers in astronomy and physics. An accompanying free CD-ROM (compatible with both Macintosh and PC hardware) provides numerical simulations of black holes and other exotic objects emitting gravitational radiation, together with the book in a hypertext format.
Participants; Preface; Acknowledgements; Part I. Relativistic Gravity: Selected Themes in Relativistic Gravity T. Damour; 1. Gravitational radiation from relativistic sources L. Blanchet; 2. Radiative spacetimes: exact approaches J. Bicak; 3. Pulsating relativistic stars K. D. Kokkotas; Part II. Astrophysical Sources: The Evolution of Close Binary Systems Driven by Gravitational Radiation A. R. King; 4. Relativistic binary pulsars A. Wolszczan; 5. Solid interiors of neutron stars and gravitational radiation P. Haensel; 6. Gravitational waves from neutron stars S. Bonazzola and E. Gourgoulhon; Part III. Mathematical Framework: 3+1 General Relativity in Hyperbolic Form A. M. Abrahams and J. W. York, Jr.; 7. 2+2 formalism and applications R. d'Inverno; 8. Combining cauchy and characteristic codes in numerical relativity R. d'Inverno; Part IV. Numerical Methods: High-order Finite-Difference Scheme J. M. Marti; 9. Spectral methods S. Bonazzola, E. Gourgoulhon and J. A. Marck; Part V. Numerical Models: Gravitational Waves From Core Collapse Supernovae E. Muller; 10. Coalescence of binary neutron stars K. Oohara and T. Nakamura; 11. Black holes in numerical relativity E. Seidel and W. M. Suen; Part VI. Detection Of Gravitational Waves: Signal Analysis of Gravitational Waves B. S. Sathyaprakash; 12. The stochastic gravity-wave background: sources and detection B. Allen; 13. Resonant-mass detection of tensor and scalar waves R. V. Wagoner; 14. Scalar-tensor theories and gravitational radiation R. V. Wagoner and D. Kalligas; 15. The detection of gravitational waves B. F. Schutz.