Authors: Neil J. Cornish, Joey Shapiro Key
Date: 29 Apr 2010
Abstract: Several scenarios have been proposed in which the orbits of binary black holes enter the band of a gravitational wave detector with significant eccentricity. To avoid missing these signals or biasing the parameter estimation it is important that we consider waveform models that account for eccentricity. The ingredients needed to compute post-Newtonian (PN) waveforms produced by spinning black holes inspiralling on quasi-eccentric orbits have been available for almost two decades at 2 PN order, and this work has recently been extended to 2.5 PN order. However, the computational cost of directly implementing these waveforms is high, requiring many steps per orbit to evolve the system of coupled differential equations. Here we employ a separation of timescales and a generalized Keplarian parameterization of the orbits to produce efficient waveforms describing spinning black hole binaries with arbitrary spin orientations on quasi-eccentric orbits to 1.5 PN order. Our solution includes the spin contributions to the decay of the semi-major axis and eccentricity. We outline a scheme for extending our approach to higher post-Newtonian order.
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