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Extracting the three- and four-graviton vertices from binary pulsars and coalescing binaries

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10060008

Abstract

Using a formulation of the post-Newtonian expansion in terms of Feynman graphs, we discuss how various tests of General Relativity (GR) can be translated into measurement of the three- and four-graviton vertices. The timing of the Hulse-Taylor binary pulsar provides a bound on the deviation of the three-graviton vertex from the GR prediction at the 0.1% level. For coalescing binaries at interferometers, because of degeneracies with other parameters in the template such as mass and spin, the effects of modified three- and four-graviton vertices at the level of the restricted PN approximation, is to induce an error in the determination of these parameters and it is not possible to use coalescing binaries for constraining deviations of the vertices from the GR prediction.