Low-frequency gravitational-wave science with eLISA/NGO

Abstract : We review the expected science performance of the New Gravitational-Wave Observatory (NGO, a.k.a. eLISA), a mission under study by the European Space Agency for launch in the early 2020s. eLISA will survey the low-frequency gravitational-wave sky (from 0.1 mHz to 1 Hz), detecting and characterizing a broad variety of systems and events throughout the Universe, including the coalescences of massive black holes brought together by galaxy mergers; the inspirals of stellar-mass black holes and compact stars into central galactic black holes; several millions of ultra-compact binaries, both detached and mass transferring, in the Galaxy; and possibly unforeseen sources such as the relic gravitational-wave radiation from the early Universe. eLISA's high signal-to-noise measurements will provide new insight into the structure and history of the Universe, and they will test general relativity in its strong-field dynamical regime.

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Pau Amaro-Seoane, Sofiane Aoudia, Stanislav Babak, P. Binétruy, Emanuele Berti, et al.. Low-frequency gravitational-wave science with eLISA/NGO. Classical and Quantum Gravity, Institute of Physics: Hybrid Open Access, 2012, 29, pp.4016. <10.1088/0264-9381/29/12/124016>. <hal-00730227>




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