# Gravitational absorption lines

@article{Palessandro2020GravitationalAL,
title={Gravitational absorption lines},
author={Andrea Palessandro and M. Sloth},
journal={Physical Review D},
year={2020},
volume={101},
pages={043504}
}
• Published 2020
• Physics
• Physical Review D
We consider the gravitational analogue of Lyman-alpha absorption lines in astronomical spectroscopy. If Einstein gravity with minimally coupled matter is valid up to the Planck scale, quantum bound states absorb gravitons of a specific frequency with Planckian cross section, $\sigma_{\text{abs}} \approx l_p^2$. Consequently, one can show that gravitational absorption by bound states is inefficient in ordinary gravity. If observed, gravitational absorption lines would therefore constitute a… Expand

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