[1211.5091] The influence of star formation history on the gravitational wave signal from close double degenerates in the thin disc

Authors: Shenghua Yu, C. Simon Jeffery

Date: 21 Nov 2012

Abstract: The expected gravitational wave (GW) signal due to double degenerates (DDs) in the thin Galactic disc is calculated using a Monte Carlo simulation. The number of young close DDs that will contribute observable discrete signals in the frequency range $1.58 - 15.8$ mHz is estimated by comparison with the sensitivity of proposed GW observatories. The present-day DD population is examined as a function of Galactic star-formation history alone. It is shown that the frequency distribution, in particular, is a sensitive function of the Galactic star formation history and could be used to measure the time since the last major star-formation epoch.

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1211.5091 (/preprints)
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