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V. M. Lauburg (Univ. of Maryland), M. Freitag (Northwestern University), D. P. Hamilton, M. C. Miller (Univ. of Maryland)
Extreme mass ratio inspirals, in which a stellar-mass compact object spirals into a supermassive black hole, can be produced by tidal separation of compact object binaries as well as the more commonly considered two-body capture by gravitational wave emission. Tidal separation will produce events with near-zero eccentricity in the observation band of the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna. Detailed analysis of the dynamics of compact-object binaries near the galactic center is a key step in understanding these zero-eccentricity events. We will present the results of N-body simulations, which aim to determine the survival rates and properties of compact-object binaries in the central few parsecs of galactic nuclei.
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Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, 37 #4
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