Fundamental physics implications on higher-curvature theories from the binary black hole signals in the LIGO-Virgo Catalog GWTC-1
Silva, Hector O.
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Gravitational-wave astronomy oﬀers not only new vistas into the realm of astrophysics, but it also opens an avenue for probing, for the ﬁrst time, general relativity in its strong-ﬁeld, nonlinear, and dynamical regime, where the theory’s predictions manifest themselves in their full glory. We present a study of whether the gravitational-wave events detected so far by the LIGO-Virgo scientiﬁc collaborations can be used to probe higher-curvature corrections to general relativity. In particular, we focus on two examples: Einstein-dilaton-Gauss-Bonnet and dynamical Chern-Simons gravity. We ﬁnd that the two events with a low-mass m ≈ 7M⊙ BH (GW151226 and GW170608) place stringent constraints on Einstein-dilaton-Gauss-Bonnet gravity, α1/2 . 5.6 km, whereas EdGB dynamical Chern-Simons gravity remains unconstrained by the gravitational-wave observations analyzed.
Nair, R., Perkins, S., Silva, H. O., & Yunes, N. Fundamental physics implications on higher-curvature theories from the binary black hole signals in the LIGO-Virgo Catalog GWTC-1. arXiv 2019. arXiv preprint gr-qc/1905.00870.