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We present a practical method for calculating the local gravitational self-force (often called "radiation-reaction force") for a pointlike particle orbiting a Schwarzschild black hole. This is an implementation of the method of mode-sum regularization, in which one first calculates the (finite) contribution to the force due to each individual multipole mode(More)
(Received) We investigate a calculation method for the gravitational evolution of an extreme mass ratio binary, i.e. a binary constituting of a galactic black hole and a stellar mass compact object. The inspiralling stage of this system is considered to be a possible source of detectable gravitational waves. Because of the extreme mass ratio, one may(More)
The gravitational-wave (GW) sky may include nearby pointlike sources as well as stochastic backgrounds. We perform two directional searches for persistent GWs using data from the LIGO S5 science run: one optimized for pointlike sources and one for arbitrary extended sources. Finding no evidence to support the detection of GWs, we present 90% confidence(More)
A stochastic background of gravitational waves is expected to arise from a superposition of a large number of unresolved gravitational-wave sources of astrophysical and cosmological origin. It should carry unique signatures from the earliest epochs in the evolution of the Universe, inaccessible to standard astrophysical observations. Direct measurements of(More)
In this chapter, we present analytic calculations of gravitational waves from a particle orbiting a black hole. We first review the Teukolsky formalism for dealing with the gravitational perturbation of a black hole. Then we develop a systematic method to calculate higher order post-Newtonian corrections to the gravitational waves emitted by an orbiting(More)
We explored a "template-free" approach to arranging colloidal particles into a network pattern by a convective self-assembly technique. In this approach, which we call "two-step convective self-assembly," a stripe pattern of colloidal particles is first prepared on a substrate by immersing it in a suspension. The substrate with the stripes is then rotated(More)
Vertical convective self-assembly is capable of fabricating stripe-patterned structures of colloidal particles with well-ordered periodicity. To unveil the mechanism of the stripe pattern formation, in the present study, we focus on the meniscus shape and conduct in situ observations of shape deformation associated with particulate line evolution. The(More)