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Intermediate and extreme mass-ratio inspirals — astrophysics, science applications and detection using LISA

Amaro-Seoane, Pau and Gair, Jonathan R. and Freitag, Marc and Miller, M. Coleman and Mandel, Ilya and Cutler, Curt J. and Babak, Stainslav (2007) Intermediate and extreme mass-ratio inspirals — astrophysics, science applications and detection using LISA. Classical and Quantum Gravity, 24 (17). R113-R169. ISSN 0264-9381. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:AMAcqg07

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Abstract

Black hole binaries with extreme (gtrsim104:1) or intermediate (~102–104:1) mass ratios are among the most interesting gravitational wave sources that are expected to be detected by the proposed laser interferometer space antenna (LISA). These sources have the potential to tell us much about astrophysics, but are also of unique importance for testing aspects of the general theory of relativity in the strong field regime. Here we discuss these sources from the perspectives of astrophysics, data analysis and applications to testing general relativity, providing both a description of the current state of knowledge and an outline of some of the outstanding questions that still need to be addressed. This review grew out of discussions at a workshop in September 2006 hosted by the Albert Einstein Institute in Golm, Germany.


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Additional Information:Copyright © Institute of Physics and IOP Publishing Limited 2007. Received 19 March 2007, in final form 26 June 2007. Published 9 August 2007. Print publication: Issue 17 (7 September 2007) This work is a result of the meeting LISA Astro−GR@AEI [7] organized by PAS which took place at the Max-Planck Institut für Gravitationsphysik (Albert Einstein-Institut) from 18th–22nd September 2006. We thank all participants for the useful discussions during the meeting which made this article possible. The work of PAS has been supported in the framework of the Third Level Agreement between the DFG and the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC). JG’s work was supported by St Catharine’s College. The work of MF is funded through the PPARC rolling grant at the Institute of Astronomy (IoA) in Cambridge. MCM acknowledges the National Science Foundation grant AST0607428. IM would like to thank the Brinson Foundation, NASA grant NNG04GK98G and NSF grant PHY-0601459 for financial support. The work of CC was carried out at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology and was sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. PAS is indebted to all the members of the Astrophysical relativity group of the AEI and especially with Ute Schlichting for her help in the organization, which was crucial for the success of the meeting.
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