, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp 371–384 | Cite as

Solutions of scalar and electromagnetic wave equations in the metric of gravitational and electromagnetic waves

  • T Padmanabhan
General Relativity


The wave equation for a scalar field ϕ and vector potentialA* are solved in the background metric of a gravitational wave. The corresponding solutions when the metric is generated by a plane electromagnetic wave, is obtained from these solutions. The solution for the scalar wave is discussed in detail. It is found that because of the interaction, two new waves are generated in the lower order approximations. One of them has the same phase dependence as the original wave while the other shows a transient character. There is no interaction when the waves are along the same direction.


Gravitational wave scalar wave electromagnetic wave photon-photon interaction photon graviton interaction 


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© the Indian Academy of Sciences 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • T Padmanabhan
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  1. 1.Department of Physics, University CollegeKerala UniversityTrivandrum

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