An upper limit on the stochastic gravitational-wave background of cosmological origin

  title={An upper limit on the stochastic gravitational-wave background of cosmological origin},
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Pletsch and Michael V Plissi and R. Poggiani and Fabio Postiglione and M. Principe and Reinhard Prix and Giovanni Andrea Prodi and Leonid Prokhorov and O. Punken and M. Punturo and P. Puppo and S. van. der. Putten and Volker Quetschke and F. J. Raab and Olivier Rabaste and D. S. Rabeling and Hugh Radkins and Peter Raffai and Zolt{\'a}n Raics and N. Rainer and Malik Rakhmanov and P. Rapagnani and V Raymond and Virginia Re and C. M. Reed and T. Reed and Tania Regimbau and Henning Rehbein and Stuart Reid and D. H. Reitze and F. Ricci and R. Riesen and Keith Riles and B. Rivera and P. Roberts and N. A. Robertson and Florent Robinet and C. A. K. Robinson and Emma L. Robinson and Alessandro Rocchi and Shaun Roddy and Lo{\"i}c Rolland and Jameson Graef Rollins},
A stochastic background of gravitational waves is expected to arise from a superposition of a large number of unresolved gravitational-wave sources of astrophysical and cosmological origin. It should carry unique signatures from the earliest epochs in the evolution of the Universe, inaccessible to standard astrophysical observations. Direct measurements of the amplitude of this background are therefore of fundamental importance for understanding the evolution of the Universe when it was younger… 
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Stochastic gravitational wave backgrounds.
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  • Physics
    Reports on progress in physics. Physical Society
  • 2019
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