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Measuring gravitational waves from binary black hole coalescences. I. Signal to noise for inspiral, merger, and ringdown
We estimate the expected signal-to-noise ratios (SNRs) from the three phases (inspiral, merger, and ringdown) of coalescing binary black holes (BBHs) for initial and advanced ground-basedExpand
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Black Hole Mass and Spin Coevolution by Mergers
Massive black holes appear to be present in the nuclei of almost all galaxies, but their genesis and evolution are not well understood. As astrophysical black holes are completely characterized byExpand
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Consequences of Gravitational Radiation Recoil
Coalescing binary black holes experience an impulsive kick due to anisotropic emission of gravitational waves. We discuss the dynamical consequences of the recoil accompanying massive black holeExpand
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Untangling the merger history of massive black holes with LISA
Binary black hole coalescences emit gravitational waves that will be measurable by the space-based detector LISA to large redshifts. This suggests that LISA may be able to observe black holes growExpand
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Using Gravitational-Wave Standard Sirens
Gravitational waves (GWs) from supermassive binary black hole (BBH) in-spirals are potentially powerful standard sirens (the GW analog to standard candles; see work of B. Schutz). Because theseExpand
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The basics of gravitational wave theory
Einstein's special theory of relativity revolutionized physics by teaching us that space and time are not separate entities, but join as 'spacetime'. His general theory of relativity further taughtExpand
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HOW BLACK HOLES GET THEIR KICKS: GRAVITATIONAL RADIATION RECOIL REVISITED
Gravitational waves from the coalescence of binary black holes carry away linear momentum, causing center of mass recoil. This "radiation rocket" effect has important implications for systems withExpand
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EXPLORING SHORT GAMMA-RAY BURSTS AS GRAVITATIONAL-WAVE STANDARD SIRENS
Recent observations support the hypothesis that a large fraction of “short-hard” gamma-ray bursts (SHBs) are associated with the inspiral and merger of compact binaries. Since gravitational-wave (GW)Expand
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Gravitational wave snapshots of generic extreme mass ratio inspirals
Using black hole perturbation theory, we calculate the gravitational waves produced by test particles moving on bound geodesic orbits about rotating black holes. The orbits we consider areExpand
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Inspiral into Gargantua
We model the inspiral of a compact object into a more massive black hole rotating very near the theoretical maximum. We find that once the body enters the near-horizon regime the gravitationalExpand
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