Focus sessions are small, intense, expert
meetings on a well-defined set of scientific questions. The
emphasis is on discussion, understanding and future planning.
Ground and (especially) space-based detectors are
sensitive to gravitational waves from compact binary populations in
galactic fields and stellar clusters. This focus session's goal is
to begin the discussion of how we interpret those observations to
characterize these binary populations. Among the questions to be
considered are how we use those observations to estimate coalescence
rate and distribution of physical properties within populations, to
identify black-hole formation rates and distribution of black hole
properties; how we use information that associates gravitational wave
observations with electromagnetic sources (e.g., gamma-ray bursts, supernovae);
and observational selection effects associated with gravitational wave
observations of binaries and ways of quantifying them.
Program and Proceedings:
The meeting program with links to the presentations made follow.