Cosmological backgrounds of gravitational waves and eLISA/NGO: phase transitions, cosmic strings and other sources

@article{Binetruy2012CosmologicalBO,
  title={Cosmological backgrounds of gravitational waves and eLISA/NGO: phase transitions, cosmic strings and other sources},
  author={Pierre Bin'etruy and Alejandro Boh'e and Chiara Caprini and Jean Francois Dufaux},
  journal={Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics},
  year={2012},
  volume={2012},
  pages={027-027}
}
We review several cosmological backgrounds of gravitational waves accessible to direct-detection experiments, with a special emphasis on those backgrounds due to first-order phase transitions and networks of cosmic (super-)strings. For these two particular sources, we revisit in detail the computation of the gravitational wave background and improve the results of previous works in the literature. We apply our results to identify the scientific potential of the NGO/eLISA mission of ESA… 

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