LIGO Document T1700224-v1

Testing General Relativity with Binary Black Hole Mergers

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The several recent detections of gravitational waves (GWs) by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) has provided researchers with the first opportunities to test general relativity (GR) in the strong-field and highly-dynamical limit. Qualitative tests of the agreement between LIGO's GW observations and classical GR have already been done; we aim to carry out more quantitative tests in terms of controlled, parameterized deviations from GR. In this project, we simulate a number of BBH merger waveforms with similar deviations from GR. We then use Bayesian analysis to recover the deviation and provide an estimate of the number of GW detections from BBH mergers necessary to establish a given deviation from classical GR.
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