SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

vol.60 número3Dependence of the mechanical and electrical properties on the acid content in PVA+H3PO2+H2O membranesModeling surface processes and kinetics of compound layer formation during plasma nitriding of pure iron índice de autoresíndice de materiabúsqueda de artículos
Home Pagelista alfabética de revistas  

Servicios Personalizados




Links relacionados

  • No hay artículos similaresSimilares en SciELO


Revista mexicana de física

versión impresa ISSN 0035-001X

Rev. mex. fis. vol.60 no.3 México may./jun. 2014




Interaction of light with gravitational waves


S. Hacyan


Instituto de Física, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Apartado Postal 20-364, México D. F. 01000, México.


Received 14 October 2013
accepted 2 April 2014



The physical properties of electromagnetic waves in the presence of a gravitational plane wave are analyzed. Formulas for the Stokes parameters describing the polarization of light are obtained in closed form. The particular case of a constant amplitude gravitational wave is worked out explicitly and it is shown that it produces a linear polarization of light.

Keywords: Gravitational waves; electromagnetic waves; Stokes parameteres.


PACS: 04.30.Nk; 42.25.Ja





Work supported in part by PAPIIT-UNAM, project IN 101511-3.



1. LIGO project:        [ Links ]

2. A. A. Starobinskii, Sov. Astr. Lett. 11 (1985) 133;         [ Links ] A. G. Polnarev, Sov. Astr. 29 (1985) 607.         [ Links ]

3. A. C. S. Readhead et al., Science 306 (2004) 836.         [ Links ]

4. J. Plebanski, Phys. Rev. 118 (1960) 1396.         [ Links ]

5. B. Mashhoon and L. P. Grishchuk, Astrophys. J. 236 (1980) 990.         [ Links ]

6. N. R. Sibgatullin, Oscillations and Waves: In Strong Gravitational and Electromagnetic Fields, Springer-Verlag (Berlin, 1991). Section 1.3        [ Links ]

7. D. Bini, P. Fortini, M. Haney, and A. Ortolan, Class. Quan. Grav. 28 (2011) 235007.         [ Links ]

8. J. Ehlers and W. Kundt, in The Theory of Gravitation, L. Witten, editor, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., (New York and London, 1962); p. 86-101.         [ Links ]

9. S. Hacyan, Gen. Rel. Grav. 44 (2012) 2923.         [ Links ]

10. L. D. Landau and E. M. Lifshitz, The Classical Theory of Fields (4th edition), Butterworth-Heinemann, (Oxford, 2000). Chap. 13.         [ Links ]

11 . J. D. Jackson, Classical Electrodynamics. Wiley; 2 edition (Neew York, London, 1975). Sect. 7.2.         [ Links ]

12. M. Born and E. Wolf, Principles of Optics. (Pergamon Press, Oxford, 1975); Sect. 30-31.         [ Links ]

Creative Commons License Todo el contenido de esta revista, excepto dónde está identificado, está bajo una Licencia Creative Commons