Abstract

For mechanical Weber gravitational wave antennae, it is thought that gravity waves are weakly converted into acoustic vibrations. Acoustic vibrations in metals (such as Aluminum) are experimentally known to be attenuated by the creation of electron-hole pairs described via the electronic viscosity. These final state electronic excitations give rise to gravitational wave absorption cross sections which are considerably larger (by four orders of magnitude) than those in previous theories which have not explicitly considered electronic excitations.

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Originally posted at http://arxiv.org/abs/gr-qc/0302024v1.

Keywords

metallic antennae, acoustic vibrations

Subject Categories

General relativity (Physics), Quantum cosmology, Gravitational waves

Disciplines

Physics

Publication Date

2003

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