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Title: Higher signal harmonics, LISA's angular resolution, and dark energy
Authors: Arun, K.G.
Sathyaprakash, B.S.
Sinha, Siddhartha
Van den Broeck, Chris
Issue Date: Nov-2007
Publisher: The American Physical Society
Citation: Physical Review D, 2007,Vol.76, 104016
Abstract: It is generally believed that the angular resolution of the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) for binary supermassive black holes (SMBH) will not be good enough to identify the host galaxy or galaxy cluster. This conclusion, based on using only the dominant harmonic of the binary SMBH signal, changes substantially when higher signal harmonics are included in assessing the parameter estimation problem. We show that in a subset of the source parameter space the angular resolution increases by more than a factor of 10, thereby making it possible for LISA to identify the host galaxy/galaxy cluster. Thus, LISA's observation of certain binary SMBH coalescence events could constrain the dark energy equation of state to within a few percent, comparable to the level expected from other dark energy missions.
Description: Open Access. This paper was published online on 9 November 2007 with several formatting errors in the heading of Table II. The table has been corrected as of 21 December 2007. The table is incorrect in the printed version of the journal.
ISSN: E-ISSN: 1550-2368
P-ISSN: 1550-7998
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Copyright: 2007 The American Physical Society
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