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Hi Pete,

Yes, being waves they should interact with each other, just as any wave does. So they should be susceptible to interference and diffraction for example.

Everything does indeed produce these waves, but the intensity of these waves are very small (which is why we have had trouble detecting anything to date. So at low (quiet) intensities there will be quite a bit of noise. However, this result is "clean" because it comes from the "loudest" source of gravitational waves, namely the merger of two extremely dense entities. Think of it as a rogue wave on an otherwise placid sea surface, or a supernova in another galaxy shining out against its background stars.

Jonny

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Re: gravity waves "detected" 634 Susan Doris 11-Feb-16 17:44
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Re: gravity waves "detected" 614 laughin 11-Feb-16 21:20
Re: gravity waves "detected" 534 JonnyMcA 12-Feb-16 14:23
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Re: gravity waves "detected" 472 D-Archer 15-Feb-16 09:59
Re: gravity waves "detected" 457 JonnyMcA 12-Feb-16 14:31
Re: gravity waves "detected" 486 carolb 13-Feb-16 21:29
Re: gravity waves "detected" 402 laughin 14-Feb-16 15:19
Re: gravity waves "detected" 345 skakos 15-Feb-16 14:07
Re: gravity waves "detected" 434 Pete Vanderzwet 11-Feb-16 21:06
Re: gravity waves "detected" 553 JonnyMcA 12-Feb-16 14:38
Onto Dark Energy waves! 493 Eddie Larry 11-Feb-16 21:34
It took 100 years to discover what Einstein already knew 343 David L 12-Feb-16 12:50
Re: It took 100 years to discover what Einstein already knew 440 Spiros 12-Feb-16 17:09
Re: It took 100 years to discover what Einstein already knew 501 D-Archer 15-Feb-16 12:47
Re: It took 100 years to discover what Einstein already knew 510 Aine 15-Feb-16 16:15
Re: It took 100 years to discover what Einstein already knew 466 D-Archer 15-Feb-16 18:53
Re: It took 100 years to discover what Einstein already knew 484 laughin 15-Feb-16 20:39
Re: It took 100 years to discover what Einstein already knew 422 Aine 16-Feb-16 01:48
Re: gravity waves "detected" 544 dong 12-Feb-16 18:36
Re: gravity waves "detected" 542 laughin 13-Feb-16 03:26
Re: gravity waves "detected" 471 dong 16-Feb-16 07:41
Liego 459 laughin 15-Feb-16 04:17
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Re: Really? 530 JonnyMcA 17-Feb-16 15:32
Re: Really? 525 D-Archer 17-Feb-16 15:42
Re: gravity waves "detected" 517 carolb 17-Feb-16 18:05
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Re: gravity waves "detected" 339 D-Archer 17-Feb-16 16:23
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Scientists: we're 100% convinced 434 laughin 07-Mar-16 17:13
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Gravitational Waves from Black Hole Megamergers Are Weaker Than Predicted 507 laughin 04-May-16 13:15
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Re: Gravitational Waves from Black Hole Megamergers Are Weaker Than Predicted 394 OCaptain 10-May-16 16:39
Re: Gravitational Waves from Black Hole Megamergers Are Weaker Than Predicted 452 laughin 10-May-16 19:10
how many times can you change the rules and still get a black hole 440 laughin 08-Jun-16 14:00
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