Bridging the gap: spectral distortions meet gravitational waves

  title={Bridging the gap: spectral distortions meet gravitational waves},
  author={Thomas D. Kite and Andrea Ravenni and Subodh P. Patil and Jens Chluba},
  journal={arXiv: Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics},
Gravitational waves (GWs) have the potential to probe the entirety of cosmological history due to their nearly perfect decoupling from the thermal bath and any intervening matter after emission. In recent years, GW cosmology has evolved from merely being an exciting prospect to an actively pursued avenue for discovery, and the early results are very promising. As we highlight in this paper, spectral distortions (SDs) of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) uniquely probe GWs over six decades… Expand
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