Editors: Pau Amaro-Seoane & Bernard Schutz
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Light scalar field constraints from gravitational-wave observations of compact binaries

arXiv:1204.4340

by Berti, Emanuele and Gualtieri, Leonardo and Horbatsch, Michael and Alsing, Justin
9 pages, 4 figures

Scalar-tensor theories are among the simplest extensions of general relativity. In theories with light scalars, deviations from Einstein’s theory of gravity are determined by the scalar mass m_s and by a Brans-Dicke-like coupling parameter \omega_{BD}. We show that gravitational-wave observations of nonspinning neutron star-black hole binary inspirals can be used to set upper bounds on the combination m_s/\sqrt{\omega_{BD}}. We estimate via a Fisher matrix analysis that individual observations with signal-to-noise ratio \rho would yield (m_s/\sqrt{\omega_{\rm BD}})(\rho/10)\lesssim 10^{-15}, 10^{-16} and 10^{-19} eV for Advanced LIGO, ET and eLISA, respectively. A statistical combination of multiple observations may further improve this bound.

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