Understanding and calculating the radiation reaction force on a point particle is an important open problem in general relativity. In the case of extreme massratio binary systems, such as a stellar mass compact object in orbit about a much more massive black hole, the ability to calculate the selfforce is critical to our ability to use LISA observations of these systems to explore the spacetime in the neighborhood of a black hole.
Considerable progress has been made toward a formal solution to this problem and toward developing techniques applicable to calculating the selfforce in extrememassratio compact binary systems. The focus of this meeting is on the implementation of local force methods to compute the selfforce and the gravitational waveforms in these systems. Questions to be addressed include gauge transformations in regularization schemes, comparison of local force calculations to conservation law approach, and reconstruction of metric perturbations in Kerr spacetime.
For more information on this focus session, please contact either the organizing committee.

Program:

To maximize the focus sessions productivity a reading list has been prepared. Participants are asked to have read and/or reviewed these papers before the workshop begins 
S. Mino, M. Sasaki, T. Tanaka. "Gravitational radiation reaction to particle motion. Phys Rev. D 55, 3547 (1997). Online at grqc/9606018 
T.C Quinn and R.M. Wald, "Axiomatic approach to electromagnetic and gravitational radiation reaction of particles in curved spacetime", Phys. Rev. D 56, 3381 (1997). Online version grqc/9610053 
Scott Hughes, "Evolution of circular, nonequatorial orbits of Kerr black holes due to gravitational wave emission", Phys. Rev. D 61, 084004 (2000); Errata PRD 63, 049902 (2001) and 65, 069902 (2002). Online version grqc/9910091 
L. Barack, A. Ori, "Mode sum regularization approach for the selfforce in black hole spacetimes", PRD 61, 061502 (2000). Online version grqc/9912010 
T.C. Quinn, "Axiomatic approach to radiation reaction of scalar point particles in curved spacetime", grqc/0005030 
S. Detweiler, "Radiation reaction and the selfforce for a point mass in general relativity", PRL 86, 1931 (2001). Online version grqc/0011039 
M. J. Pfenning, E. Poisson, "Scalar, electromagnetic and gravitational selfforces in weakly curved spacetimes", PRD 65, 084001 (2002). Online version grqc/0012057 
L. M. Burko and Y.T. Liu, "Selfforce on a scalar charge in the spacetime of a stationary, axisymmetric black hole", PRD 64, 024006 (2001). Online version grqc/0103008 
L. Barack, A. Ori, "Gravitational self force and gauge transformations", PRD 64, 124003 (2001). Online version grqc/0107056 
L. Barack, Y. Mino, H. Nakano, A. Ori, M. Sasaki, "Calculating the gravitational self force in Schwarzschild spacetime", PRL 88, 091101 (2002). Online version grqc/0111001 
Y. Mino, H. Nakano, M. Sasaki, "Covariant Selfforce Regularization of a Particle Orbiting a Schwarschild Black Hole  Mode DecompositionRegularization", grqc/0111074

S. Detweiler, B.F. Whiting, "Selfforce via a Green's function decomposition", grqc/0202086 
C.O. Lousto and B.F. Whiting, "Reconstruction of Black Hole Metric Perturbations from Weyl Curvature", grqc/0203061 
C. Lousto. "Pragmatic approach to gravitational radiation reaction in binary black holes. Phys. Ref. Lett. 84, 52515254 (2000). Online version grqc/9912017 
A. Ori, "Reconstruction of inhomogeneous metric perturbations and electromagnetic fourpotential in Kerr spacetime". Preprint for circulation to conference attendees: do not redistribute. 

Accommodations:
We ask that you make your own accommodation arrangements.
The workshop will be held in the State College Days Inn, where we have reserved a block of rooms. The deadline for reserving a room in the room block is 26 April 2002. The Days Inn is located in the heart of downtown State College and is only a short walk from campus.
The contact information for the Days Inn follows:
Days Inn
240 Pugh Street
State College, PA 16801
Phone: 8142388454 or 8002583297
When you make your hotel reservation, please refer to the PSU Radiation Reaction Workshop. The deadline for reserving a room in the room block is 26 April 002.
Travel:
Useful information on travel to and from State College may be found on our web site at http://cgwp.gravity.psu.edu/visitors/to_state_college.shtml. If you travel to State College by air, the destination code for the University Park Airport in State College is SCE.
