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Astron. Astrophys. 322, 177-182 (1997)

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2. Binaries as GR detectors

The action of GWs on binaries is of course rather small, but - for a given binary - it might be accumulated over substantial part of its life-time T. We propose to use binaries as resonant mechanical systems. They are supposed to "remember" the long-time action of GW's (operating in the Galaxy or/and Universe over time intervals [FORMULA] yr, may be since the beginning of the Universe.

Therefore, the distribution of orbital frequencies of binaries might exhibit - in a statistical sense - the integrated effect of a hypothetical "universal" GR (QGR). While this effect cannot be seen directly as periodic variations of binary frequencies, because too many cycles would need to be averaged to overcome observational noise. We conjecture in this paper that the distribution of orbital frequencies of a sufficiently numerous sample of CBS's might exhibit a deficit or excess of binaries at some definite frequency(ies) being connected via simple resonant relations with frequencies of the hypothetical GWs (or QGWs).

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Online publication: June 30, 1998
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