The future of gravitational optics

Authors
Citation
Rd. Blandford, The future of gravitational optics, PUB AST S P, 113(789), 2001, pp. 1309-1311
Citations number
15
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Editorial Material
Categorie Soggetti
Space Sciences
Journal title
PUBLICATIONS OF THE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY OF THE PACIFIC
ISSN journal
0004-6280 → ACNP
Volume
113
Issue
789
Year of publication
2001
Pages
1309 - 1311
Database
ISI
SICI code
0004-6280(200111)113:789<1309:TFOGO>2.0.ZU;2-H
Abstract
In this speculative, millennial essay, I try to anticipate what sort of nov el gravitational optics investigations might be undertaken after it becomes possible to map and monitor roughly 10(12) sources (of which 10(9) may be usefully variable) comprehensively throughout electromagnetic and other spe ctra over the whole sky. Existing techniques suffice to produce three-dimen sional maps of the dark matter distribution of the accessible universe, to explore black hole spacetimes, and to magnify images of the first luminous sources, terrestrial planets, and compact objects.