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Session 45 - The Structure and Evolution of The Universe - II.
Topical, Oral session, Tuesday, June 09

[45.06] Gravitational Radiation: A New Tool for Astronomy and Gravitational Physics

C. M. Will (Washington University, St. Louis)

The construction of kilometer-class laser-interferometric gravitational wave observatories on Earth, and emerging plans for similar observatories in space, promise to open a new window on the universe and to provide new opportunities to test gravitational physics. We report on the current status of construction of the ground-based LIGO, VIRGO and GEO 600 projects, and of designs for space-based detectors, such as LISA. We review the important sources of gravitational waves, including inspiralling compact binaries, supernova core collapse, known binary stars, and stochastic backgrounds of radiation. We also discuss how observations of gravitational waves can provide new tests of general relativity.

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