Centro de Ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual

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Numerical Relativity beyond General Relativity

2018, Jun 03 -- Jun 09

D. Gerosa (Caltech)
L. Stein (Caltech)
H. Witek (U. Barcelona)

With the first detections of gravitational waves we have entered an exciting new era in gravitational physics that enables us to learn about the fundamental properties of gravity with a completely new sense. In particular, it opens up the unique opportunity to probe gravity in its most challenging, strong-field and dynamical regime.

Because the data stream of gravitational wave detectors such as advanced LIGO and Virgo is dominated by noise, it is crucial to predict theoretically the gravitational wave signal emitted during the late inspiral and merger of compact binaries in models of gravity beyond General Relativity (GR). Currently, most theoretical predictions are limited to the weak-field regime. How the gravitational waveform would look in the highly dynamical near-merger regime, however, is largely unknown. The latter requires full numerical relativity simulations in beyond-GR theories -- a field that is still in its infancy.

It is our goal to kickstart this new emerging field in gravitational physics by a workshop on Numerical Relativity beyond General Relativity. Therefore, we wish to bring together experts in Numerical Relativity, fundamental tests of gravity and gravitational wave data analysis, and facilitate fruitful future collaborations.

Participants include: (* = to be confirmed)

  • Miguel Alcubierre
  • Enrico Barausse*
  • Eloisa Bentivegna
  • Diego Blas
  • Richard Brito
  • Katy Clough
  • Walter Del Pozzo
  • Will East
  • Leonardo Gualtieri
  • Anna Heffernan
  • Thomas Helfer
  • Luis Lehner*
  • Steve Liebling
  • Eugene Lim
  • Maria Okounkova
  • Carlos Palenzuela*
  • Paolo Pani
  • Frans Pretorius*
  • Harvey Reall*
  • Roxana Rosca
  • Masaru Shibata*
  • Carlos Sopuerta
  • Thomas Sotiriou
  • Kent Yagi
  • Nico Yunes

Call for participation

Register using the link at right, then submit your abstract here.

  • Abstract file should be in pdf format. Maximum one page.
  • Abstract deadline: 10th April 2018

Financial support

             Funded by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union

Registration fee information

The registration fee for this conference is 150 eur.

Pay by bank transfer

The registration fee must be paid to the account of the Centro de Ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual after your application has been accepted.

Ibercaja (account number): 2085 2310 3803 3004 4193
IBAN: ES44 2085 2310 3803 3004 4193

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*Cancellation Policy*
A 30 euro charge will be applied for cancellations made up to 10 days before the conference start date.
A no refund policy will be applied to cancellations made after this date.

Bus Transportation

The center provides free buses:
From Barcelona, Universitat de Barcelona, Diagonal 686, Metro: L3 Palau Reial at 15:00h (Note that the bus stops opposite University of Barcelona, Facultat de Física i Química)

From Barcelona airport ('El Prat', Terminal T2A: on leaving exit, turn left and you will find a police building called 'Mossos d'Esquadra') at 15:30h.

Return buses:
From Benasque to Barcelona airport, departure at 9:00h.
The trip by bus to Barcelona takes 4-5h. approximately. The trip by car only takes 3h 30m.

Bus trajectories and dates:
- Barcelona-Benasque, Jun 03.
- Benasque-Barcelona, Jun 09.

Registration & accommodation

Application deadline is April 10

Further Information.

  • List of participants.
  • Scientific program.
  • Pictures

This session has received financial support from the following institutions:

  • logo CSIC
  • Gobierno de Aragón
  • Ministerio de educación y ciencia
  • DPH
  • Universidad de Zaragoza
  • Ayuntamiento de Benasque

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