8th HEAD Meeting, 8-11 September, 2004
Session 19 Gravitational Astrophysics
Oral, Thursday, September 9, 2004, 11:15am-12:29pm

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[19.01] The Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA): Capabilities for Study of Black Holes and Compact Binary Systems

T. Prince (Caltech/JPL)

The Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) is a joint NASA-ESA mission to detect and study gravitational waves. The mission consists of a triangular configuration of 3 spacecraft separated from each other by 5 million kilometers. Gravitational waves are detected via laser metrology between the spacecraft. Although gravitational waves certainly cannot be considered high-energy radiation, LISA has significant capabilities for studying several of the sources of considerable interest to high-energy astrophysics, in particular black holes systems and ultra-compact binaries. We will discuss these systems as sources of gravitational radiation and provide a current assessment of LISA's capabilities for detecting and studying such sources.

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