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Evolution of inspiral orbits around a Schwarzschild black hole

Niels Warburton, Sarp Akcay, Leor Barack, Jonathan R. Gair, and Norichika Sago
Phys. Rev. D 85, 061501(R) – Published 5 March 2012


We present results from calculations of the orbital evolution in eccentric binaries of nonrotating black holes with extreme mass ratios. Our inspiral model is based on the method of osculating geodesics, and is the first to incorporate the full gravitational self-force (GSF) effect, including conservative corrections. The GSF information is encapsulated in an analytic interpolation formula based on numerical GSF data for over a thousand sample geodesic orbits. We assess the importance of including conservative GSF corrections in waveform models for gravitational-wave searches.

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  • Received 29 November 2011


© 2012 American Physical Society

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Niels Warburton1, Sarp Akcay1, Leor Barack1, Jonathan R. Gair2, and Norichika Sago3

  • 1School of Mathematics, University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ, United Kingdom
  • 2Institute of Astronomy, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0HA, United Kingdom
  • 3Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606-8502, Japan

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