Resonant Trojan EMRIs with LISA

Abstract

Extreme–mass–ratio inspirals (EMRI) – comprised of a supermassive black hole (SMBH) and a stellar–origin black hole – are prospective sources for the detection of observational signals with the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) mission, built to accurately measure gravitational waves – ripples in the curvature of space-time. As the smaller black hole spirals into the SMBH, thousands of cycles of the gravitational waveform serve as a precision probe for the extreme space-time curvature of the system. The goal of this research is to calculate the gravitational waveforms from “Trojan analog” EMRIs, analogous to the Jupiter–Trojan system, locked in 1:1 resonant orbits.

Primary Faculty Mentor Name

Chris Danforth

Secondary Mentor Name

Jeremy Schnittman (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

Faculty/Staff Collaborators

William Louisos, Peter Sheridan Dodds

Status

Graduate

Student College

College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Program/Major

Complex Systems

Primary Research Category

Engineering & Physical Sciences

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Resonant Trojan EMRIs with LISA

Extreme–mass–ratio inspirals (EMRI) – comprised of a supermassive black hole (SMBH) and a stellar–origin black hole – are prospective sources for the detection of observational signals with the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) mission, built to accurately measure gravitational waves – ripples in the curvature of space-time. As the smaller black hole spirals into the SMBH, thousands of cycles of the gravitational waveform serve as a precision probe for the extreme space-time curvature of the system. The goal of this research is to calculate the gravitational waveforms from “Trojan analog” EMRIs, analogous to the Jupiter–Trojan system, locked in 1:1 resonant orbits.