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Laser Interferometer Space Antenna
Following the selection of The Gravitational Universe by ESA, and the successful flight of LISA Pathfinder, the LISA Consortium now proposes a 4 year mission in response to ESA's call for missions
TOPICAL REVIEW: Quasinormal modes of black holes and black branes
Quasinormal modes are eigenmodes of dissipative systems. Perturbations of classical gravitational backgrounds involving black holes or branes naturally lead to quasinormal modes. The analysis and
Double Compact Objects I: The Significance Of The Common Envelope On Merger Rates
The last decade of observational and theoretical developments in stellar and binary evolution provides an opportunity to incorporate major improvements to the predictions from populations synthesis
Cosmological Black Hole Spin Evolution by Mergers and Accretion: Implications for Gravitational Wave Astronomy
Using recent results from numerical relativity simulations of black hole mergers, we revisit previous studies of
The effect of pair-instability mass loss on black-hole mergers
Context. Mergers of two stellar-origin black holes are a prime source of gravitational waves and are under intensive investigation. One crucial ingredient in their modeling has been neglected:
Low-frequency gravitational-wave science with eLISA/NGO
We review the expected science performance of the New Gravitational-Wave Observatory (NGO, a.k.a. eLISA), a mission under study by the European Space Agency for launch in the early 2020s. eLISA will
Gravitational-wave spectroscopy of massive black holes with the space interferometer LISA
Newly formed black holes are expected to emit characteristic radiation in the form of quasinormal modes, called ringdown waves, with discrete frequencies. LISA should be able to detect the ringdown
Science with the space-based interferometer eLISA: Supermassive black hole binaries
We compare the science capabilities of different eLISA mission designs, including four-link (two-arm) and six-link (three-arm) configurations with different arm lengths, low-frequency noise
Double compact objects. III. Gravitational-wave detection rates
The unprecedented range of second-generation gravitational-wave (GW) observatories calls for refining the predictions of potential sources and detection rates. The coalescence of double compact
Compact Binary Merger Rates: Comparison with LIGO/Virgo Upper Limits
Here, we compare evolutionary predictions of double compact object merger rate densities with initial and forthcoming LIGO/Virgo upper limits. We find that: (i) Due to the cosmological reach of