Extracting Physics from Gravitational Waves

Testing the Strong-field Dynamics of General Relativity and Inferring the Large-scale Structure of the Universe

  • Tjonnie G. F. Li

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Introduction to Gravitational-Wave Data Analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Tjonnie G. F. Li
      Pages 47-57
    3. Tjonnie G. F. Li
      Pages 59-71
    4. Tjonnie G. F. Li
      Pages 73-91
  3. Testing the Strong-Field Dynamics of General Relativity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Tjonnie G. F. Li
      Pages 95-103
    3. Tjonnie G. F. Li
      Pages 121-163
    4. Tjonnie G. F. Li
      Pages 165-171
  4. Inferring the Large-Scale Structure of the Universe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-173
    2. Tjonnie G. F. Li
      Pages 175-189
    3. Tjonnie G. F. Li
      Pages 191-206
    4. Tjonnie G. F. Li
      Pages 223-225
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 227-235

About this book


Tjonnie Li's thesis covers two applications of Gravitational Wave astronomy: tests of General Relativity in the strong-field regime and cosmological measurements. The first part of the thesis focuses on the so-called TIGER, i.e. Test Infrastructure for General Relativity, an innovative Bayesian framework for
performing hypothesis tests of modified gravity using ground-based GW data. After developing the framework, Li simulates a variety of General Relativity deviations and demonstrates the ability of the aforementioned TIGER to measure them. The advantages of the method are nicely shown and compared to other, less generic methods. Given the extraordinary implications that would result from any measured deviation from General Relativity, it is extremely important that a rigorous statistical approach for supporting these results would be in place before the first Gravitational Wave detections begin. In developing TIGER, Tjonnie Li shows a large amount of creativity and originality, and his contribution is an important step in the direction of a possible discovery of a deviation (if any) from General Relativity.
In another section, Li's thesis deals with cosmology, describing an exploratory study where the possibility of cosmological parameters measurement through gravitational wave compact binary coalescence signals associated with electromagnetic counterparts is evaluated. In particular, the study explores the
capabilities of the future Einstein Telescope observatory. Although of very long term-only applicability, this is again a thorough investigation, nicely put in the context of the current and the future observational cosmology.

The author is the winner of the 2013 Stefano Braccini Thesis Prize awarded by the Gravitational Wave International Committee.


Einstein Telescope GWIC Gravitational Wave Astronomy Measuring Cosmological Parameters with Gravitational Waves Springer Theses Stefano Bracini Prize Winner Tests of Strong-field General Relativity

Authors and affiliations

  • Tjonnie G. F. Li
    • 1
  1. 1.LIGO LaboratoryCalifornia Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA

Bibliographic information