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Topics in general relativity : the hoop conjecture and theoretical aspects of gravitational wave detection


Flanagan, Eanna E. (1994) Topics in general relativity : the hoop conjecture and theoretical aspects of gravitational wave detection. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/7SW7-8076.


The body of this thesis consists of four chapters (2 through 5), each of which is a paper that has been published in or submitted for publication to Physical Review D. I am the sole author of chapters 2, 3, and 4; Curt Cutler coauthored chapter 5 with me. These four chapters deal with two topics in general relativity: the formation of horizons in nonspherical gravitational collapse (chapters 2 and 3), and some theoretical aspects of the effort to detect gravitational waves from cosmic sources (chapters 4 and 5). These four chapters were written largely for experts in the topics they cover. As an aid to general readers, I shall give in this introductory chapter some background information about chapters 2 through 5 and a nontechnical overview of their contents.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
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.
Group:TAPIR, Astronomy Department
Thesis Committee:
  • Thorne, Kip S. (chair)
  • Phinney, E. Sterl
  • Soifer, B. Thomas
Defense Date:23 September 1993
Non-Caltech Author Email:eef3 (AT)
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-11132006-095610
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ID Code:4534
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Deposited On:13 Nov 2006
Last Modified:10 Mar 2020 23:39

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