Can we detect quantum gravity with compact binary inspirals

  title={Can we detect quantum gravity with compact binary inspirals},
  author={A. Jenkins and A. G. A. Pithis and M. Sakellariadou},
  journal={Physical Review D},
  • A. Jenkins, A. G. A. Pithis, M. Sakellariadou
  • Published 2018
  • Physics
  • Physical Review D
  • Treating general relativity as an effective field theory, we compute the leading-order quantum corrections to the orbits and gravitational-wave emission of astrophysical compact binaries. These corrections are independent of the (unknown) nature of quantum gravity at high energies, and generate a phase shift and amplitude increase in the observed gravitational-wave signal. Unfortunately (but unsurprisingly), these corrections are undetectably small, even in the most optimistic observational… CONTINUE READING
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