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The Generation of Gravitational Waves


Kovács, Sándor János, Jr. (1977) The Generation of Gravitational Waves. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology.


This dissertation is written in three tracks. Track 1, (Pages ii-vi) is intended for those many many people who don't know any physics but who do know how to read English and a bit of Hungarian perhaps.

Track 2 is intended for those one hundred or so people in the whole world who do know classical physics and have serious interests in, or are experts in relativity theory. Papers 1, 2 and 3 dealing with relativity are entirely Track 2.

The remaining paper is Track 3 and is for the benefit of even fewer people who have a simultaneous interest in relativity and quantum field theory.

I will not discuss the abstracts of the individual papers here - since each paper is preceded by its own abstract. Suffice it to say that this dissertation is a collection of papers dealing with the theoretical aspects of how gravitational waves may (or may not) be generated by gravitational bremsstrahlung, and in Paper 4 Walter and I try to show that some classical relativity problems may be solved with much greater ease via a quantum approach.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:Physics
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy
Major Option:Physics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Thorne, Kip S.
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:27 May 1977
Funding AgencyGrant Number
NASANGR 05-002-256
NSFAST75-01398 A01
Record Number:CaltechTHESIS:08252017-093756825
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Default Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:10390
Deposited By: Benjamin Perez
Deposited On:25 Aug 2017 20:23
Last Modified:06 Sep 2017 22:43

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