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Do Gravitational Waves Carry Energy? -Critique of a Procrustean Practice

Dürr, Patrick (2015) Do Gravitational Waves Carry Energy? -Critique of a Procrustean Practice. [Preprint]

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We submit that, contrary to the standard view, gravitational waves (GWs) do not carry energy-momentum. Analysing the four standard arguments on which the standard view rests - viz. the kinetic effects of a GW on a detector, Feynman’s Sticky Bead Argument, an application of Noether’s Theorem and a general perturbative approach – we find none of them to be successful: Pre-relativistic premises underlie each of them – premises that, as we argue, no longer hold in General Relativity (GR). Finally, we outline a GR-consistent interpretation of the effects and, in particular, the spin-down of binary systems.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Dürr, Patrickpatrick-duerr@gmx.de
Keywords: General Relativity, Gravitational Waves, Gravitational Energy, Binary Systems, Sticky Beads Argument
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: Mr. Patrick M. Duerr
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2016 18:46
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2016 18:46
Item ID: 11857
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Date: 2015
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11857

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