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Paper   IPM / Astronomy / 15608
School of Astronomy
  Title:   Photon-graviton scattering: A new way to detect anisotropic gravitational waves?
1.  N. Bartolo
2.  A. Hoseinpour
3.  G. Orlando
4.  S. Matarrese
5.  M. Zarei
  Status:   Published
  Journal: Phys. Rev. D
  Vol.:  98
  Year:  2018
  Supported by:            ipm IPM
Gravitons are the quantum counterparts of gravitational waves in low-energy theories of gravity. Using Feynman rules one can compute scattering amplitudes describing the interaction between gravitons and other fields. Here, we consider the interaction between gravitons and photons. Using the quantum Boltzmann equation formalism, we derive fully general equations describing the radiation transfer of photon polarization, due to the forward scattering with gravitons. We show that the Q and U photon linear polarization modes couple with the V photon circular polarization mode, if gravitons have anisotropies in their power-spectrum statistics. As an example, we apply our results to the case of primordial gravitons, considering models of inflation where an anisotropic primordial graviton distribution is produced. Finally, we evaluate the effect on cosmic microwave background (CMB) polarization, showing that in general the expected effects on the observable CMB frequencies are very small. However, our result is promising, since it could provide a novel tool for detecting anisotropic backgrounds of gravitational waves, as well as for getting further insight on the physics of gravitational waves

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