AAS 205th Meeting, 9-13 January 2005
Session 158 Gravitational Wave Astronomy
Special Session, Thursday, January 13, 2005, 10:00-11:30am, Royal Palm 1-3

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[158.03] Gravitational wave observations of the loss cone

S. Sigurdsson (Penn. State)

Extreme Mass Ratio inspirals of compact stellar objects into central supermassive black holes are predicted to be a robust and frequent source of low frequency gravitational radiation. I review the predicted rate of such coalescences in the local universe and consider some of the uncertainties, the likely history of mergers and some of the physics and astronomy that can be tested with observations of inspirals.

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