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Books on gravitational waves

  1. Oct 29, 2014 #1
    Hi, I need a beginner's book to study gravitational waves by myself. I am an undergrad physics major and just took my GR course. A beginner's book on GR will also help me lot. please suggest
     
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  3. Oct 29, 2014 #2

    WannabeNewton

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    Most books dedicated solely to gravitational waves tend to be quite advanced and specialized. The best pedagogical one I know of is the two volume set by Maggiore: https://www.amazon.com/Gravitational-Waves-Volume-Theory-Experiments/dp/0198570740

    If you're interested in gravitational waves specifically then you'd be better off reading review papers on them in the context of e.g. inflation, compact binaries, radiation reaction and self-forces, or just in general. Here's a review paper on gravitational waves that I really like because of its careful discussion of physical radiation modes vs. radiating gauge modes: http://arxiv.org/pdf/gr-qc/0501041v3.pdf

    There aren't really any introductory GR books that delve into gravitational waves in considerable detail; they usually just present the absolute basics and move on but "A First Course in General Relativity"-Schutz has a very nice chapter on gravitational waves if you want to check that out.
     
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  4. Oct 29, 2014 #3

    e.bar.goum

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    Sean Carrol's GR book has a chapter on it, IIRC.

    You may also find some lecture notes he wrote on the topic here: http://preposterousuniverse.com/grnotes/grnotes-six.pdf [Broken]
     
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  5. Oct 29, 2014 #4

    George Jones

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