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GW1: Dawn of Gravitational Astronomy

Session Organisers: 

B.S. Sathyaprakash (University of Cardiff, UK), Michael Kraemer (Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy, Germany / Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, University of Manchester, UK


Advanced gravitational wave detectors are currently under construction in the US, Europe and Japan and the first ones are expected to be operational by 2015. LISA, a mission to detect gravitational waves in space is currently undergoing changes in the planning. German and British radio astronomers also collaborate on searches for gravitational waves of ultra-low frequencies using pulsar timing. With continued regular monitoring, the first detection of a background could come between 2015 and 2020. Observation of gravitational waves from astronomical systems will provide unique kinds of information and will have great synergy with other ways of observing these sources in optical, radio, x-ray, gamma-ray and other windows. This synergy can provide invaluable insight into the nature of these sources and will impact cosmology and astrophysics. Topics in this session will include:

1. GW detection across frequencies (ground- and space-based interferometers, pulsars, etc.) Current status and challenges and future opportunities (ET, SKA, NGO, etc.)
2. Sources of gravitational waves, synergies with astronomy (multi-messenger sources and their observation)
3. What can we learn about fundamental physics, astrophysics and cosmology with GW observations and what are the data analysis challenges?


This is a complete listing of all 31 entries

Poster Session A
The status of galactic neutron star searches using gravitational waves  Matthew Pitkin
Optical rigidity concepts at the Glasgow 10m prototype interferometer  John Macarthur
Status of the ground based interferometric gravitational wave detector GEO 600  Borja Sorazu
Transient gravitational waves at r-mode frequencies associated with pulsar glitches  Ignacio Santiago-Prieto
Searching for Gravitational waves associated with Gamma-ray bursts  Thomas Adams
Optimal use of astrophysical priors for electromagnetic follow-ups of gravitational wave candidates  Will Vousden
A conservation law formulation of nonlinear elasticity in relativity for NS crust shattering  Stephanie J. Erickson
A New Method to Reduce Eccentricity in Numerical-Relativity Simulations of Black-hole-Binary Inspira  Michael Puerrer
What we (don't) know about gravitational waveforms from black-hole binaries  Frank Ohme
Genuine field theory needed to support Gravitational Waves  Max K Wallis
Black hole binaries galactic and intergalactic globular clusters  Jonathan Michael Blake Downing

Wednesday 28th 10:00-11:15
10:00 1-minute poster presentations: Pitkin, Santiago-Prieto, Macarthur and Sorazu  GW1 Poster Summaries:
10:04 GW detection across frequencies: Current status, challenges, and future opportunities  Dr. Harald Lück
10:28 An update on the installation of monolithic fused silica suspension elements in Advanced LIGO  Angus S Bell
10:40 Reducing coating thermal noise in gravitational wave detectors  Dr Iain Martin
10:52 Interferometry with higher order spatial modes for future gravitational wave detectors  Bryan Barr
11:04 A Synthetic Gravitational Wave Aperture at 30GHz  lucio piccirillo

Wednesday 28th 11:45-13:15
11:45 1-Minute poster presentations: Adams, Vousden, Erickson, Puerrer, Wallis  GW1 Poster Summaries
11:50 Transient Gravitational-Wave Astronomy in 2015-2020: Challenges and Opportunities  Patrick Sutton
12:14 Electromagnetic Follow Up Observations of Gravitational Wave Candidates  Darren White
12:26 Inferring Core-Collapse Supernova Physics with Gravitational Waves  Joshua Logue
12:38 Neutron star oscillations from starquakes  Lucy Keer
12:50 Gravitational wave detection using pulsar timing arrays  David Champion

Wednesday 28th 17:00-18:15
17:00 1-Minute poster presentations: Ohme and Downing  GW1 Poster Summaries
17:02 Modelling of precessing waveforms  Patricia Schmidt
17:14 Sky localisation of coalescing binaries from gravitational-wave data using Bayesian methods  Ben Aylott
17:26 Measuring the evolution of super-massive black hole binaries with pulsar timing arrays  Chiara Mingarelli
17:38 The new Gravitational Wave Space Mission NGO  Bernard Schutz
17:50 Secular evolution of supermassive binary black holes: between dynamical friction and GWs  Constanze Roedig
18:02 Automation of the ROTSE Image Pipeline for Rapid Identification of EM counterparts to GW triggers  Laura Nuttall
18:14 Astrophysics with gravitational waves: reconstructing the massive black hole assembly with eLISA/NGO  Alberto Sesana