May 10, 2021 at 14:15

Hunting for the stochastic gravitational-wave background: implications for astrophysics, high energy physics, and theories of gravity

What: Hunting for the stochastic gravitational-wave background: implications for astrophysics, high energy physics, and theories of gravity

When: May 10, 2021 at 14:15

Where: https://syddanskuni.zoom.us/j/66271887069

Who: Mairi Sakellariadou (King's College)

I will first define the stochastic gravitational-wave background (SGWB) and highlight the method we are using to detect it in the presence of correlated magnetic noise. I will then discuss astrophysical (compact binary coalescences) and cosmological (cosmic strings, first-order phase transitions) sources and report on the current constraints imposed from a non-detection during the last observing run of the LIGO/Virgo/KAGRA collaboration. I will also address the question of a simultaneous estimation of astrophysical and cosmological SGWB. Then I will present a search for circularly polarised SGWB and its relation to early universe cosmology. Finally, I will discuss how the SGWB can provide tests for gravity theories, including quantum gravity proposals.