In recent work, tidal resonances induced by the tidal field of nearby stars or black holes have been identified as potentially significant in the context of extreme mass-ratio inspirals (EMRIs). These resonances occur when the three orbital frequencies describing the orbit are commensurate. During the resonance, the orbital parameters of the small body experience a ‘jump’ leading to a shift in the phase of the gravitational waveform. We study how common and important such resonances are over the entire orbital parameter space. We find that a large proportion of inspirals encounter a low-order tidal resonance in the observationally important regime.


Talk Number PIRSA:21060075
Speaker Profile Priti Gupta