Propagation of electromagnetic radiation in a random field of gravitational waves and space radio interferometry

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Propagation of an electromagnetic wave in the field of gravitational waves is considered. Attention is given to the principal difference between the electromagnetic wave propagation in the field of random gravitational waves and the electromagnetic wave propagation in a medium with a randomly-inhomogeneous refraction index. It is shown that in the case of the gravitational wave field the phase shift of an electromagnetic wave does not increase with distance. The capability of space radio interferometry to detect relic gravitational waves as well as gravitational wave bursts of noncosmological origin is analysed.

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Braginsky, V.B., Kardashev, N.S., Polnarev, A.G. et al. Propagation of electromagnetic radiation in a random field of gravitational waves and space radio interferometry. Nuov Cim B 105, 1141–1158 (1990). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02827323

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