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Friday, December 06, 2019
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Cahill 370

TAPIR Seminar

Tidal resonance in Extreme Mass-Ratio Inspirals
BĂ©atrice Bonga, Postdoctoral Researcher, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics,

We show the existence of a new type of resonance in extreme mass-ratio inspirals (EMRIs): tidal resonance, which is induced by the tidal gravitational field of nearby stars or stellar-mass black holes. Tidal resonances will generically occur for EMRIs. By probing their influence on the phase of the EMRI waveform, we can in principle extract information about the environmental tidal field of the EMRI system, albeit at the cost of a more complicated EMRI waveform model.

For more information, please contact JoAnn Boyd by phone at x4280 or by email at joann@caltech.edu.