More about gravitational waves, how they are produced and how they will hopefully be detected: a survey of current detectors, how to make gravitational waves audible, the space-borne detector LISA, Einstein@Home
This page features an overview of all our “Spotlights on relativity” dealing with gravitational waves. There is a spotlight text explaining the wave’s Basic properties, and a text in the category Gravitational wave sources which deals with ways of making gravitational waves audible; the texts under the heading Detecting Gravitational Waves describe the experiments to measure gravitational waves directly. Also, there is a text describing one of the Cosmological applications of gravitational waves.
Gravitational wave sources
Not only merging black holes, but also neutron star pairs emit gravitational waves.
From the data of the first two observation runs of LIGO and Virgo, the scientists have created a first catalogue of cosmic collisions. The catalogue contains gravitational wave signals from ten pairs of merging black holes and one pair of neutron stars.
White Dwarf binaries, their properties, and the role they will play for the planned space-borne gravitational wave detector LISA.
Detecting gravitational waves
More about gravitational wave detectors on earth and in space
Albert Einstein predicted their existence back in 1916, and on 14 September 2015 they were directly detected for the first time: Gravitational waves. Two large interferometric detectors of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration with major contributions from German researchers detected the signal known as “GW150914”. The waves originate from the merger of two black holes and are the first direct observation of these exotic objects.