Gravitational Waves in Effective Quantum Gravity

  title={Gravitational Waves in Effective Quantum Gravity},
  author={Xavier Calmet and Iber{\^e} Kuntz and Sonali Mohapatra},
  journal={The European Physical Journal C},
In this short paper we investigate quantum gravitational effects on Einstein’s equations using Effective Field Theory techniques. We consider the leading order quantum gravitational correction to the wave equation. Besides the usual massless mode, we find a pair of modes with complex masses. These massive particles have a width and could thus lead to a damping of gravitational waves if excited in violent astrophysical processes producing gravitational waves such as e.g. black hole mergers. We… Expand
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