13-18 December 2015
International Conference Centre Geneva
Europe/Zurich timezone

Acoustically generated gravitational waves from thermal first order phase transitions

16 Dec 2015, 15:03
Level 2, Room 13 (International Conference Centre Geneva)

Level 2, Room 13

International Conference Centre Geneva

17 Rue de Varembé, 1211 Geneva


Mark Hindmarsh (University of Sussex)


Recent numerical simulations have demonstrated that the most important source of gravitational radiation from a thermal first order phase transition in the early Universe is the sound waves it produces. I outline the theory of the acoustic production of gravitational waves from phase transitions, showing how both the amplitude and shape of the power spectrum can be simply understood. Implications for the detectability of a first-order electroweak transition by future space-based detectors will be briefly discussed.

Primary author

Mark Hindmarsh (University of Sussex)


David Weir (University of Stavanger) Kari Rummukainen (University of Helsinki) Ms Nicola Hopkins (University of Sussex) Stephan Huber (Unknown)

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