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The Gravitational Wave Binary Black Hole and Neutron Star Opportunities For Astronomy
The Geological Society
Burlington House
Start Time: 11 May 2018 - 10:00
End Time: 11 May 2018 - 15:30

A RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by *Carole Mundell (Bath); Samaya Nissanke (Radboud); Hiranya Peiris (UCL)


The first observtations of gravitational waves (GWs) from binary black hole (BBH) mergers and a binary neutron star by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory and Virgo detectors in the last two years have opened up an entirely new window onto extreme gravity and compact object astrophysics.  In the last year, new instruments and facilities across the electromagnetic (EM) spectrum from X-rays to the radio have or are joining the worldwide search for future EM counterparts of compact object mergers.  By critically assessing and placing BBH and neutron star binary mergers in their full astrophysical context, this workshop will bring together theorists, computational astrophysicists, observers, and instrumentalists for one day.  The workshop therefore aims to gather the relevant experts to interact in order to frame calculations that would eliminate the major uncertainties in EM counterparts of BBH and neutron star binary mergers, how to interpret both their GW and EM observations, and how to maximise the scientific return of new obsveratories and instruments.


10:00 Welcome by Prof. Hiranya Peiris (UCL, UK)

MORNING SESSION (Chair: Prof. Carole Mundell, University of Bath, UK)

10:05 Bernard Schutz (Cardiff/Albert Einstein Institute, UK/Germany): Gravitational Wave Astronomy

10:35 Laura Nuttall (Cardiff/Portsmouth, UK): Present and Future Gravitational-wave Detectors

11:05 Elisabeth Stanway (Warwick, UK): The Challenges of Compact Binary Merger population synthesis

11:35 Irina Dvorkin (Albert Einstein Institute, Germany): Binary Black Holes and Extragalactic astronomy


12:05 LUNCH


AFTERNOON SESSION (Chair: Dr Samaya Nissanke, Radboud University, the Netherlands)

13:00 Andrew King (Leicester, UK): Binary Black Hole counterparts and astrophysical BHs

13:30 Stephan Rosswog (Stockholm, Sweden): Heavy elements and electromagnetic transients from neutron star mergers

14:00 Marcelle Soares Santos (Brandeis, USA): EM follow up of GW170817 and cosmology in the era of DES/LSST

14:30 Nial Tanvir (Leicester, UK): Electromagnetic observations of compact binary mergers: challenges and prospects

15:00 Stephan Smartt (Belfast, UK): Physical properties of the kilonova AT2017gfo and prospects for the future

15:30 TEA - Geological Society Library


The meeting is being livestreamed