Intermediate-mass ratio inspirals in merging elliptical galaxies

  title={Intermediate-mass ratio inspirals in merging elliptical galaxies},
  author={Ver'onica V'azquez-Aceves and Pau Amaro Seoane and Dana Kuvatova and Maxim Makukov and Ch. T. Omarov and Denis Yurin},
Close encounters between two initially unbound objects can result in a binary system if enough energy is released as gravitational waves (GWs). We address the scenario in which such encounters occur in merging elliptical galaxies. There is evidence that elliptical galaxies can harbor intermediate-mass black holes. Therefore, these systems are potentially the breeding grounds of sources of gravitational waves corresponding to inspiraling compact objects onto a massive black hole due to the… 

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