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Self-forced gravitational waveforms for Extreme and Intermediate mass ratio inspirals


by Lackeos, Kristen A. and Burko, Lior M.
4 pages, 6 figures

We present the first orbit-integrated self force effects on the gravitational waveform for an IMRI source. We consider the quasi-circular motion of a particle in the spacetime of a Schwarzschild black hole, calculate the cumulative dephasing of the waveforms and their overlap integral, and discuss the importance of the conservative piece of the self force in detection and parameter estimation. For long templates the inclusion of the conservative piece is crucial for gravitational–wave astronomy, yet may be ignored for short templates with little effect on detection rate.

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