Reconstructing the massive black hole cosmic history through gravitational waves

  title={Reconstructing the massive black hole cosmic history through gravitational waves},
  author={Alberto Sesana and Jonathan R. Gair and Emanuele Berti and Marta Volonteri},
  journal={Physical Review D},
The massive black holes we observe in galaxies today are the natural end-product of a complex evolutionary path, in which black holes seeded in proto-galaxies at high redshift grow through cosmic history via a sequence of mergers and accretion episodes. Electromagnetic observations probe a small subset of the population of massive black holes (namely, those that are active or those that are very close to us), but planned space-based gravitational wave observatories such as the Laser… 
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