Gravitational Waves Probes of Parity Violation in Compact Binary Coalescence [CL]

Is gravity parity violating? Given the recent observations of gravitational waves from coalescing compact binaries, we develop a strategy to find an answer with current and future detectors. We identify the key signatures of parity violation in gravitational waves: amplitude birefringence in their propagation and a modified chirping rate in their generation. We then determine the optimal binaries to test the existence of parity violation in gravity, and prioritize the research in modeling that will be required to carry out such tests before detectors reach their design sensitivity.

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S. Alexander and N. Yunes
Thu, 7 Dec 17

Comments: 5 pages, no figures