Gravitational waves from first-order phase transitions

start date: 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 14:00

Place: 

483 A - Malevitch83 A - Malevitch

Speaker: 

David Weir

Home Institute: 

University of Helsinki

organized by: 

LISA may be able to detect the gravitational waves from a first order phase transition at the electroweak scale. We present results from a large campaign of simulations studying a model of such phase transitions, and determine the shape of the power spectrum with unparalleled accuracy. We make concrete predictions of the detectability of sound waves from such a scenario, and note that an accurate measurement could place constraints on the underlying phase transition parameters.