eLISA : exploring the millihertz regime of gravitational waves
Astroparticule et Cosmologie (APC)
eLISA is a European proposal for a future ESA mission to detect gravitational waves in the millihertz regime. As this mission will explore the emission of gravitational waves from sources such as supermassive black hole binaries, it will provide us with a method of examining the strong field regime of general relativity, as well as following the growth and evolution of the massive black holes in the center of galaxies at high z. In this presentation we will review the mission concept, the astrophysical sources and their event rates,and finally we will look at the difficulties for source resolution and the extraction of astrophysical information.
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