Second Gravitational Wave Phenomenology Workshop

Center for Gravitational Wave Physics
Penn State University
6 - 8 November 2003

Synopsis

Gravitational wave detection offers unprecedented opportunities as a tool of astronomical discovery, and as a probe of the fundamental physics of gravity. Many of the same properties of gravitational waves that make them such a unique probe make the waves a challenge to detect. It is only recently that technology has given us the tools that will permit their detection. Correspondingly, we now face the new challenge of learning how to use these new observations - initially upper limits on wave strength, eventually detections - to inform our understanding of the cosmos. Progress toward meeting that challenge is the goal of the Gravitational Wave Phenomenology Workshop.

The workshop program will consist of a small set of short (25 minute) talks, each followed by an extended (25 minute) discussion period. Each talk is meant to spark discussion on a particular subject.

A 75$US registration fee will be charged to defray the cost of the meeting.

Contents

 Scientific Organizing Committee

  • Lee Samuel Finn (Chair), Abhay Ashtekar, Bernd Bruegman, Pablo Laguna, Peter Meszaros, Ben Owen, Steinn Sigurdsson, Alex Wolszczan (Penn State)
  • Warren Anderson, Mario Diaz, Joseph Romano (University of Texas, Brownsville)
  • Matt Benacquista (Montana State University, Billings)
  • Patrick Brady (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)
  • Matthew Choptuik (University of British Columbia)
  • Greg Cook (Wake Forest)
  • Eanna Flanagan (Cornell University)
  • Gabriela Gonzalez, Jorge Pullin, Joel Tohline (Louisiana State University)
  • Scott Hughes (MIT)
  • Vicky Kalogera, Fred Rasio (Northwestern University)
  • Tony Mezzacappa (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
  • Chris Mihos (Case Western Reserve University)
  • Cole Miller (University of Maryland)
  • Richard Price (University of Utah)
  • Tom Prince (Caltech)
  • Kenneth Strain (University of Glasgow)
  • Robin Stebbins (Goddard Spaceflight Center)
  • Saul Teukolsky (Cornell)

Workshop Program

Thursday, 6 November
9:00-9:10 a.m. Welcome Dr. Lee Samuel Finn
Session 1: Observations and Their Theoretical Implications
9:10-9:35 a.m. LIGO/TAMA/GEO Observation Summary Dr. Stan Whitcomb
9:35-10:00 a.m. Questions and Discussion
10:00-10:30 a.m. Break
10:30-10:55 a.m. International Gravitational Event Collaboration Observation Summary Dr. Giovanni Prodi
10:55-11:20 a.m. Questions and Discussion
11:20-11:45 a.m. Gravitational Wave Observations with Pulsar Timing Arrays Dr. Andrea Lommen
11:45 a.m.-12:10 p.m. Questions and Discussion
12:10-2:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00-2:25 p.m. Implication of Observations for Neutron Star Physics Dr. Ben Owen
2:25-2:50 p.m. Questions and Discussions
2:50-3:15 p.m. Implication of Observations for Stellar Population Models Dr. Vicky Kalogera
3:15-3:40 p.m. Questions and Discussion
3:40-4:10 p.m. Break
4:10-4:35 p.m. Implication of Observations for Gravitational Wave Burst Sources Dr. Andrew MacFayden
4:35-5:00 p.m. Questions and Discussion
5:00 p.m. Adjourn
Friday, 7 November
Session 2: Source Astrophysics
9:00-9:25 a.m. Observational Evidence for Intermediate Mass Black Holes and Implications for Gravitational Wave Observations Dr. Brad Hansen
9:25-9:50 a.m. Questions and Discussion
9:50-10:20 a.m. Break
10:20-10:45 a.m. Supernovae as Gravitational Wave Sources Dr. Adam Burrows
10:45-11:10 a.m. Questions and Discussion
11:10-11:35 a.m. The Last Parsec: Supermassive Black Hole Mergers at Galactic Centers Dr. Milos Milosavljevic
11:35 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Questions and Discussion
12:00-2:00 p.m. Lunch
Session 3: Progress on Source Simulation Tools
2:00-2:25 p.m. General Relativistic Radiation Reaction Dr. Leor Barack
2:25-2:50 p.m. Questions and Discussion
2:50-3:15 p.m. Numerical Relativity Dr. Deirdre Shoemaker
3:15-3:40 p.m. Questions and Discussion
3:40-4:10 p.m. Break
4:10-4:35 p.m. Neutron Star Binary Evolution Dr. Masaru Shibata
4:35-5:00 p.m. Questions and Discussion
5:00-5:25 p.m. Supernova Modeling Dr. Christian Cardall
5:25-5:50 p.m. Questions and Discussion
5:00 p.m. Adjourn
7:00 p.m. Workshop Banquet at the Nittany Lion Inn
Saturday, 8 November
Session 4: Advanced Detectors
9:00-9:25 a.m. Advanced Inteferometers and Their Implications for Astronomical Observations Dr. Lee Samuel Finn
9:25-9:50 a.m. Questions and Discussion
9:50-10:20 a.m. Break
10:20-10:45 a.m. Advanced Acoustic Detectors and Their Implications for Astronomical Observations Dr. Eugenio Coccia
10:45-11:10 a.m. Questions and Discussion
11:10-11:35 a.m. The Laser Interferometer Space Antenna Dr. Neil Cornish
11:35 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Questions and Discussion
12:00-12:15 p.m. Closing Remarks
12:15 p.m. Adjourn

There will be a banquet for all conference attendees the night of Friday, 7 November.

Accommodations

The meeting will be held at The Atherton Hotel, where a block of Rooms have been reserved at a special rate. Workshop participants should make their reservations at The Atherton directly, mentioning the GWPW03 meeting to get the special rate. The special rate and the reserved room block is available only through 5 October. You may contact the Atherton at:

125 South Atherton Street
State College, PA 16801
Phone: 814-231-2100 or 1-800-832-0132
Fax: 814-237-1130

There has also been a block of rooms reserved at Motel 6. Please contact Motel 6 directly, refer to the GWPW03 room block. Please make your reservation before 6 October. You can contact Motel 6 at:

1274 North Atherton Street
State College, PA 16803
Phone: 814-234-1600
Fax: 814-234-6665

For more information

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