13-18 December 2015
International Conference Centre Geneva
Europe/Zurich timezone

Pulsar timing detection of gravitational waves from supermassive black hole binaries in stellar environment

17 Dec 2015, 18:25
Level 2, Room 13 (International Conference Centre Geneva)

Level 2, Room 13

International Conference Centre Geneva

17 Rue de Varembé, 1211 Geneva
Talk Pulsar timing arrays ✔︎ (6 talks) 11 - Gravitational waves


Alexander Rasskazov


We study the effect of stellar environment on gravitational wave spectrum produced by supermassive black hole binaries (SBHB). Our model includes the possibility of rotating galactic nucleus, which opens a new degree of freedom - the orientation of SBHB’s orbital plane - and significantly affects its eccentricity evolution. The result of our work is a model spectrum of stochastic gravitational wave background which can be tested by pulsar timing array observations.

Primary author


David Merritt (Rochester Institute of Technology)

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