Evolution of inspiral orbits around a Schwarzschild black hole

Niels Warburton, Sarp Akcay, Leor Barack, Jonathan R. Gair, Norichika Sago

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Article number061501
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Mar 5 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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