Observing extreme-mass-ratio inspirals with eLISA/NGO

Jonathan R Gair, Edward K Porter

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The extreme-mass-ratio inspirals (EMRIs) of stellar mass compact objects into massive black holes in the centres of galaxies are an important source of low-frequency gravitational waves for space-based detectors. We discuss the prospects for detecting these sources with the evolved Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (eLISA), recently proposed as an ESA mission candidate under the name NGO. We show that NGO could observe a few tens of EMRIs over its two year mission lifetime at redshifts z
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173
JournalAstronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series
Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 2012


  • gr-qc


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