Making Waves with Intermediate-Mass Black Holes

Contents: OverviewRegistration and AccommodationsSpeakers and Topics

Center for Gravitational Wave Physics

Penn State University

20-22 May, 2004


Scientific Organizing Committee:

Monica Colpi (University of Milano Bicocca)
Lee Samuel Finn (Penn State)
Karl Gebhardt (University of Texas)
Avi Loeb (Harvard University)
Cole Miller (University of Maryland)
Fred Rasio (Northwestern University)


Over the last few years, X-ray and optical observations have hinted at the existence of black holes in a new mass range: hundreds to thousands of solar masses, the so-called intermediate-mass black holes. Many of the best candidates appear associated with dense stellar clusters, where there are many interactions that could generate detectable gravitational radiation. Indeed, these are one of the rare classes of sources for which rigorous proof of their existence may require detection of gravitational waves. This focus session's goal is to explore the interplay between the astrophysics and the gravitational wave physics of intermediate-mass black holes, from cosmology and cluster dynamics to probes of the Kerr spacetime. The framing questions are:

What is the current evidence for the existence of intermediate-mass black holes and their environments, and what are the scenarios in which they emit gravitational radiation?

What are the proposed mechanisms for the formation of intermediate-mass black holes, and what implications do these have for gravitational wave observations?

What information about astrophysics or fundamental physics could be derived from observations of gravitational radiation from intermediate-mass black holes?

What realistic additions or modifications to detectors would optimize the search for gravitational waves from intermediate-mass black holes?


Registration and Accommodations:

The registration fee for this workshop is $160.00. Follow this link if you wish to pay for registration via a credit card. If you wish to pay by check or cash please contact the organizers.
There has been a block of rooms reserved at the Atherton Hotel, where the workshop will be taking place. The room block will be released on the 19 April 2004, please make your reservation before this date. You can contact the Atherton by phone or mail. When making your reservation please refer to the IMBH workshop room block.
Atherton Hotel
125 South Atherton Street
State College, PA 16801
Phone: 814-231-2100 or 800-832-0132
Fax: 814-237-1130
For more information on this focus session, please contact the organizing committee.