Extreme-mass-ratio inspirals into a black hole Public Deposited

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  • March 19, 2019
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  • Osburn, Thomas
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Physics and Astronomy
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  • The inspiral of a compact stellar-mass object (black hole, neutron star, or white dwarf) into a super-massive black hole is modeled perturbatively. All dissipative and conservative effects on the orbital motion are included up to first-order in the mass-ratio via the gravitational self-force. To calculate the self-force, a number of advanced numerical tools were developed. These tools are able to describe the complete range of astrophysically relevant orbital configurations for the first time (for non-rotating binary components), and at an accuracy never before achieved. The accuracy is high enough to aid in the detection of gravitational waves while correctly determining the physical parameters of the source.
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  • Clemens, Christopher
  • Evans, Charles
  • Erickcek, Adrienne
  • Henning, Reyco
  • Dolan, Louise
  • Heitsch, Fabian
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  • Doctor of Philosophy
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2016
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