Generalized quasi-Keplerian solution for eccentric, non-spinning compact binaries at 4PN order and the associated IMR waveform
We derive fourth post-Newtonian (4PN) contributions to the Keplerian-type parametric solution associated with the conservative dynamics of eccentric, non-spinning compact binaries. The solution has been computed while ignoring certain zero-average, oscillatory terms arising due to 4PN tail effects. We provide explicit expressions for the parametric solution and various orbital elements in terms of the conserved energy, angular momentum and symmetric mass ratio. Canonical perturbation theory (along with the technique of Pade approximant) is used to incorporate the 4PN nonlocal-in-time tail effects within the action-angles framework. We then employ the resulting solution to obtain an updated inspiral-merger-ringdown (IMR) waveform that models the coalescence of non-spinning, moderately eccentric black hole binaries, influenced by arXiv:1709.02007. Our updated waveform is expected to be valid over similar parameter range as the above reference. We also present a related waveform which makes use of only the post-Newtonian equations and thus is valid only for the inspiral stage. This waveform is expected to work for a much larger range of eccentricity ($e_t \lesssim 0.85$) than our full IMR waveform (which assumes circularization of the binaries close to merger). We finally pursue preliminary data analysis studies to probe the importance of including the 4PN contributions to the binary dynamics while constructing gravitational waveform templates for eccentric mergers.