Saturday, February 06, 2016

[spfbeiaw] Listening to a neutron star merger

Simulate, using general relativity, the gravitational waves emitted during the final stage, perhaps the last few minutes, of a neutron star merger.  Convert the signal into sound, perhaps a beep for each wavefront, to hear a "bomb timer"-like succession of beeps closer and closer together.

Alternatively, assume one or both of the neutron stars are pulsars, and convert their pulses into sound.  Lots of Doppler shifts.

If the sound is not interesting enough (perhaps the beeps occur too widely or closely spaced for humans to enjoy), simply alter the fundamental constants of the universe as necessary for our entertainment.  (Speed up or slow down time.)

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