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Astro2020 Science White Paper: Cosmology with a Space-Based Gravitational Wave Observatory


Tamanini,  Nicola
Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity, AEI-Golm, MPI for Gravitational Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Caldwell, R., Amin, M., Hogan, C., Holley-Bockelmann, K., Holz, D., Jetzer, P., et al. (2019). Astro2020 Science White Paper: Cosmology with a Space-Based Gravitational Wave Observatory. Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, 51(3): 67. Retrieved from http://arxiv.org/abs/1903.04657.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0003-64F0-D
There are two big questions cosmologists would like to answer -- How does the Universe work, and what are its origin and destiny? A long wavelength gravitational wave detector -- with million km interferometer arms, achievable only from space -- gives a unique opportunity to address both of these questions. A sensitive, mHz frequency observatory could use the inspiral and merger of massive black hole binaries as standard sirens, extending our ability to characterize the expansion history of the Universe from the onset of dark energy-domination out to a redshift z ~ 10. A low-frequency detector, furthermore, offers the best chance for discovery of exotic gravitational wave sources, including a primordial stochastic background, that could reveal clues to the origin of our Universe.