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Astron. Astrophys. 358, 417-424 (2000)

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Cataclysmic variables as sources of gravitational waves

M.T. Meliani, J.C.N. de Araujo and O.D. Aguiar

Divisão de Astrofísica, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais, Avenida dos Astronautas 1758, São José dos Campos, SP, 12227-010, Brazil (meliani@das.inpe.br; jcarlos@das.inpe.br; odylio@das.inpe.br)

Received 3 January 2000 / Accepted 11 April 2000


General relativity predicts that binary systems of stars produce gravitational waves of significant intensity. Here we are particularly interested in the cataclysmic variable binaries (CVs). These systems emit low frequency gravitational waves, [FORMULA]. We present here a catalog of CVs and argue that part of them are capable of being detected by the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA).

Key words: gravitational waves – stars: novae, cataclysmic variables

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Online publication: June 8, 2000