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Detecting Massive Black Hole Binaries and Unveiling their Cosmic History with Gravitational Wave Observations

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Sesana,  A.
Astrophysical Relativity, AEI-Golm, MPI for Gravitational Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Sesana, A. (2013). Detecting Massive Black Hole Binaries and Unveiling their Cosmic History with Gravitational Wave Observations. In ASP Conference Series Volumes (pp. 103-114).


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-000E-FD86-8
Abstract
Space based gravitational wave astronomy will open a completely new window on the Universe and massive black holes binaries are expected to be among the primary actors on this upcoming stage. The New Gravitational-wave Observatory (NGO) is a space interferometer proposal derived from the former Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) concept. We describe here its capabilities of observing massive black hole binaries throughout the Universe, measuring their relevant parameters (masses, spins, distance to the observer) to high precision. The statistical properties of the population of detected systems can be used to constrain the massive black hole cosmic history, providing deep insights into the faint, high redshift Universe.