All Physics Faculty Publications

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

The Physics Teacher

Volume

44

Issue

7

Publisher

American Association of Physics Teachers

Publication Date

2006

First Page

420

Last Page

423

DOI

10.1119/1.2353578

Abstract

This article reviews the current status of gravitational wave astronomy and explains why astronomers are excited about the new generation of gravitational wave detectors. As part of the review we compare and contrast gravitational radiation to the more familiar electromagnetic radiation. We discuss the current indirect experimental evidence for gravitational waves and how current and future gravitational wave detectors will operate as our newest telescopes are pointed at the skies.

Comments

Originally published by the American Association of Physics Teachers. HTML fulltext can be accessed through The Physics Teacher journal. Note: At time of publication, Shane Larson and Michelle Larson were affiliated with Center for Gravitational Wave Physics, Pennsylvania State University.