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dc.contributor.authorYunes, Nicolas
dc.contributor.authorMiller, M. Coleman
dc.contributor.authorThornburg, Jonathan
dc.date.accessioned2011-05-31T22:01:13Z
dc.date.available2011-05-31T22:01:13Z
dc.date.issued2011-02
dc.date.submitted2010-10
dc.identifier.issn1550-7998
dc.identifier.issn1550-2368
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/63156
dc.description.abstractExtreme mass-ratio inspirals, in which a stellar-mass object orbits a supermassive black hole, are prime sources for space-based gravitational wave detectors because they will facilitate tests of strong gravity and probe the spacetime around rotating compact objects. In the last few years of such inspirals, the total phase is in the millions of radians and details of the waveforms are sensitive to small perturbations. We show that one potentially detectable perturbation is the presence of a second supermassive black hole within a few tenths of a parsec. The acceleration produced by the perturber on the extreme mass-ratio system produces a steady drift that causes the waveform to deviate systematically from that of an isolated system. If the perturber is a few tenths of a parsec from the extreme mass-ratio system (plausible in as many as a few percent of cases) higher derivatives of motion might also be detectable. In that case, the mass and distance of the perturber can be derived independently, which would allow a new probe of merger dynamics.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipUnited States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA Grant No. NNX08AH29G)en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipUnited States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Einstein Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (No. PF0-110080)en_US
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherAmerican Physical Societyen_US
dc.relation.isversionofhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevD.83.044030en_US
dc.rightsArticle is made available in accordance with the publisher's policy and may be subject to US copyright law. Please refer to the publisher's site for terms of use.en_US
dc.sourceAPSen_US
dc.titleEffect of massive perturbers on extreme mass-ratio inspiral waveformsen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.citationYunes, Nicolás, M. Coleman Miller, and Jonathan Thornburg. “Effect of massive perturbers on extreme mass-ratio inspiral waveforms.” Physical Review D 83.4 (2011) : n. pag. © 2011 American Physical Societyen_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Physicsen_US
dc.contributor.departmentMIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Researchen_US
dc.contributor.approverYunes, Nicolas
dc.contributor.mitauthorYunes, Nicolas
dc.relation.journalPhysical review Den_US
dc.eprint.versionFinal published versionen_US
dc.type.urihttp://purl.org/eprint/type/JournalArticleen_US
eprint.statushttp://purl.org/eprint/status/PeerRevieweden_US
dspace.orderedauthorsYunes, Nicolás; Coleman Miller, M.; Thornburg, Jonathanen
mit.licensePUBLISHER_POLICYen_US


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