To investigate the imprint on the gravitational-wave emission from extreme mass-ratio inspirals in non-pure Kerr spacetimes, we have studied the ``kludge'' waveforms generated in highly-accurate, numerically-generated spacetimes containing a black hole and a self-gravitating, homogeneous torus with comparable mass and spin. In order to maximize their impact on the produced waveforms, we have considered tori that are compact, massive and close to the central black hole, investigating under what conditions the LISA experiment could detect their presence. Our results show that for a large portion of the space of parameters the waveforms produced by EMRIs in these black hole-torus systems are indistinguishable from pure-Kerr waveforms. Hence, a ``confusion problem'' will be present for observations carried out over a timescale below or comparable to the dephasing time.
Gravitational waves from extreme mass ratio inspirals in non-pure Kerr spacetimes / Barausse, E.; Rezzolla, L.; Petroff, D.; Ansorg, M.. - In: PHYSICAL REVIEW D, PARTICLES, FIELDS, GRAVITATION, AND COSMOLOGY. - ISSN 1550-7998. - 75:6(2007), pp. 1-22. [10.1103/PhysRevD.75.064026]