Workshops: Gravitational Wave Phenomenology Workshop

Read the Original GWPW Announcement

Sponsored by the Center for Gravitational Wave Physics
Penn State University

6 - 8 November 2001

The forthcoming generation of ground and space-based gravitational wave detectors have unleashed exciting challenges and opportunities in both physics and astronomy. The waves these new detectors will observe arise in strong, dynamical gravitational fields, offering the first opportunities to test our understanding of fully non-linear relativistic gravity. Simultaneously, the observations' astrophysical implications are likely to be novel, diverse and rich as they reveal the inner dynamics of processes hidden from electromagnetic astronomy: e.g., the collision of black holes in the center of a galaxy at high redshift. Emerging in response to these new opportunities, and at the interface of general relativity, astrophysics and experimental physics, is the new discipline of Gravitational Wave Phenomenology: the physics and astrophysics that can be explored by gravitational wave observations in all wavebands. The goal of this workshop is to bring together interested researchers from the gravitational physics, astrophysics, and experimental gravity communities to explore this new discipline and chart its future.


 Scientific Organizing Committee
  • Lee Samuel Finn (Chair), Abhay Ashtekar, Pablo Laguna, Peter Meszaros, Steinn Sigurdsson, Alex Wolszczan (Penn State)
  • Warren Anderson, Mario Diaz, Joseph Romano (University of Texas, Brownsville)
  • Patrick Brady (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)
  • Matthew Choptuik (University of British Columbia)
  • Eanna Flanagan (Cornell University)
  • Gabriela Gonzalez, Jorge Pullin, Joel Tohline (Louisiana State University)
  • Richard Price (University of Utah)
  • Kenneth Strain (University of Glasgow)
  • Robin Stebbins (Goddard Spaceflight Center)

Workshop Program

The workshop program will consist of a series of short (25m) invited talks, each followed by an extended (35m) discussion session. The talks will address the potential observational significance of forthcoming gravitational wave observations in all wavebands, and the state and use of theoretical and numerical relativity and astrophysics tools and techniques for source modeling and interpretation. In addition to the invited talks there will be a special discussion session inviting comment on the future direction of the new Center for Gravitational Wave Physics.

There will be a special public lecture on the evening of Tuesday, 6 November, and a workshop banquet will be held on the night of 7 November at the Nittany Lion Inn, on the Penn State Campus.

Follow the links below for more details on the science program.

For more information

For more information, or to contact the workshop organizers, please e-mail