AAS 207th Meeting, 8-12 January 2006
Session 6 Black Holes: Winds, Blobs, Screams and All
Poster, Monday, 9:20am-7:00pm, January 9, 2006, Exhibit Hall

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[6.05] Binary Dynamics in Galactic Nuclei

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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