Corpus ID: 119125868

The general theory of porcupines, perfect and imperfect

  title={The general theory of porcupines, perfect and imperfect},
  author={Latham A. Boyle},
  journal={arXiv: General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology},
  • Latham A. Boyle
  • Published 30 August 2010
  • Physics
  • arXiv: General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology
Porcupines are networks of gravitational wave detectors in which the detectors and the distances between them are short relative to the gravitational wavelengths of interest. Perfect porcupines are special configurations whose sensitivity to a gravitational plane wave is independent of the propagation direction or polarization of the wave. I develop the theory of porcupines, including the optimal estimator \hat{h}^{ij} for the gravitational wave field; useful formulae for the spin-averaged and… Expand
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