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Can gravitational waves cancel out?

  1. Dec 23, 2015 #1
    Can gravitational waves be treated like light or water waves? E.g. what would happen if two waves intersected at their max amplitude? Or what would happen if they intersected at a peak and trough?
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  3. Dec 23, 2015 #2


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    I can't see why it wouldn't be possible.

    This is essentially what gravitational waves do to an object:
    http://www.lightandmatter.com/html_books/genrel/ch09/figs/gravitational-wave.png [Broken]
    They alternately squash it and squeeze it.

    So, two overlapping crests would cause cumulative squishing, while a crest and trough would result in momentarily zero squishing.
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