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Localizing the Energy and Momentum of Linear Gravity

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Although there is little doubt that gravitational waves exist and carry energy as they propagate, it has been notoriously difficult to explain where in spacetime this energy resides. I will motivate and derive a new framework for localising the energy and momentum of the linearised gravitational field, based on the local exchange of energy-momentum between matter and gravity. The gauge ambiguity of the description is removed, mostly as a natural consequence of the derivation, and partly by considering the energy-momentum transferred onto an infinitesimal detector. I will also show that this gravitational energy-density is always positive, and never flows faster than light.

This talk is part of the DAMTP Friday GR Seminar series.

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