Astrophysics of Massive Black Hole Coalescence

Center for Gravitational Wave Physics
Penn State University
18-22 November, 2002

    Organizers:

  • Chris Mihos (Case Western Reserve University)
  • Ramesh Narayan (Harvard University)
  • Steinn Sigurdsson (Penn State Center for Gravitational Wave Physics)


Focus sessions are small, intense, expert meetings on a well-defined set of scientific questions. The emphasis is on discussion, understanding and future planning.

Topic:
This focus session's goal is to examine critically questions associated with mergers of supermassive black holes (SMBHs) in galactic nuclei, which are anticipated to be an important source of gravitational wave signals for the planned LISA Observatory and its proposed successor missions.

The focus session will concentrate on the question: What processes help or hinder mergers of SMBH binaries? We wish to consider the stellar dynamical, hydrodynamical and computational physics issues related to mergers, and to derive estimates of, or constraints on, the rate of SMBH mergers in the universe.

Applications:
To maintain the kind of intimate atmosphere conducive to expert discussion, attendance at this focus session is limited. You may apply to attend this focus session by filling out the application form at this link. The closing date for applications is 15 September 2002. The scientific organizing committee will make its selections and inform applicants of its decision immediately after that date. Preference will be given to applications from graduate students and younger researchers

Registration Fee:

To help defray the expense of this meeting participants are asked to pay a registration fee of US$35/person.

For more information on this focus session, please contact either the organizing committee.

Program

Monday 18 November

9:00

Introduction and Welcome

Session 1

Chair: Ramesh Narayan

9:15

Massive Binary Black Hole Mergers and LISA

Peter Bender

10:15

Discussion

10:45

Break

11:15

Observational Evidence for Black Holes in the Nuclei of Nearby Galaxies

Doug Richstone

12:00

Discussion

12:30

Lunch

2:00

Galactic Mergers

Josh Barnes

2:45

Discussion

3:15

Break

3:45

Stellar Dynamical Processes

Steinn Sigurdsson

4:30

Discussion

Tuesday 19 November

Session 2

Chair: Josh Barnes

9:00

Disk Dynamical Processes

Jeremy Goodman

10:00

Discussion

10:30

Break

11:00

Evolution of Massive Binary Black Holes

Qingjuan Yu

11:45

Discussion

12:15

Lunch

2:00

Supermassive Black Hole Demographics

Scott Tremaine

2:45

Discussion

3:15

Break

3:45

BH Wandering and Loss Cone Effects

Pinaki Chatterjee

4:30

Discussion

4:45

BlackHoles and Triaxial Galaxies

Time de Zeeuw

Wednesday 20 November

Session 3

Chair: Peter Meszaros

9:00

Binary Mergers Triggered by an Accretion Disk

Priya Natarajan

10:00

Discussion

10:30

Break

11:00

Galaxy Mergers and Event Rates for LISA

Martin Haehnelt

12:00

Discussion

12:30

Lunch

2:00

Binary Black Hole Mergers and Galaxy Cores

Milos Milosavljevic

2:45

Discussion

3:15

Break

3:45

Black Hole - Gas Interaction

Andres Escala

4:15

Discussion

Thursday 21 November

Session 4

Chair: Scott Tremaine

9:00

Binary Mergers and Quasi - Spherical Hydrodynamic Flows

Ramesh Narayan

9:45

Discussion

10:15

Minor Nuclear Mergers

Kelly Holley-Bockelman

11:00

Break

11:30

N - Body Simulations on Binary Mergers

Sverre Aarseth

12:45

Lunch

2:00

General Discussion

Scott Tremaine

3:00

Break

3:35

LISA Concerns and Open Issues

Tom Prince