Merging Visions: Exploring Compact-Object Binaries with Gravity and Light

Coordinators: Daniel Holz, Brian Metzger, and Alberto Sesana

Gravitational-wave astronomy is revolutionizing our understanding of compact objects. Black hole mergers are more massive and more common than previously thought and the gravitational waves from the merger of two neutron stars a mere forty megaparsecs from Earth were accompanied by light at all wavelengths. If the present is bright and loud, the future promises even more. Advanced LIGO and Virgo are progressing towards even better sensitivity and yet more detections. Time domain astronomy is exploring the variable sky, catching the photons associated to those catastrophic events. The Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) will explore massive black hole coalescences along the cosmic history. Pulsar timing arrays (PTAs) are continuously improving at nanoHz frequencies, and might reveal the cosmic dance of inspiralling black holes of billions of solar masses.

The conference brings together astrophysicists and observers to discuss the progress across the entire gravitational-wave and electromagnetic spectra. We will discuss astrophysical modeling of the source progenitors, population models and rates, implications for the theory of gravity, the physics of gamma ray bursts and kilonovae, the equation of state of ultra dense matter, cosmology with standard sirens, and cosmic history and evolution. Discussion topics will be chosen to exploit common threads between the low and high frequency gravitational wave and electromagnetic skies, as well with the aim of developing prospects for multi-band astrophysics of the common sources.

PLEASE NOTE: During the conference there will be an opportunity to present a poster. If you are interested in presenting a poster please visit the conference website and submit your title and abstract. Each poster board is 4 feet high x 6 feet wide. We ask that the posters be no larger than 44 inches high x 34 inches wide at the most (it is important to follow these measurements or posters may be turned down due to limited space).

Invited Speakers:

  • Nils Andersson
  • Yacine-Ali-Ahimoud
  • Tessa Baker
  • Andrew Bauswein
  • Jennifer Barnes
  • Chris Belczynski
  • Edo Berger
  • Emanuele Berti
  • Matteo Cantiello
  • Cecilia Chirenti
  • Monica Colpi
  • Hsin Yu Chen
  • Megan DeCesar
  • Reed Essick
  • Mike Eracleous
  • Ben Farr
  • Maya Fishbach
  • Ryan Foley
  • Chris Fryer
  • Yiva Gotberg
  • Gregg Hallinan
  • Ian Harry
  • Natasha Ivanova
  • Mansi Kasliwal
  • Philippe Landry
  • Andrew Mac Fadyen
  • Michela Mapelli
  • Cole Miller
  • Vasileios Paschalidis
  • Daniel Siegel
  • Jocelyn Read
  • Marcelle Soares-Santos
  • Nicola Tamanini
  • Silvia Toonen
  • Rosa Valiante
  • Sarah Vigeland
  • Kent Yagi

2019

Monday, Jun 24, 2019

  • Chair: Daniel Holz (Chicago) 08:50AM Setting the Stage: the Gravitational Wave Arena Main Seminar Room

    Talks are 30 min + 15 min discussion or 20 min+10min discussion

    • 08:50AM Lars Bildsten (KITP Director) Welcome
    • 09:00AM Duncan Brown (Syracuse) Towards Third-generation Gravitational Wave Observatories (30+15)
    • 09:45AM Alberto Sesana (Bicocca) Setting the GW stage: the Low Frequency Realm (LISA and PTA) (30+15)
  • 11:00AM Main Seminar Room

     

    • 11:00AM Ian Harry (Portsmouth) Introduction to LIGO/Virgo Data Analysis and Results from Binary Neutron Star Observations in 01/02 (20+10)
    • 11:30AM Ben Farr (Oregon) Results from Binary Black Hole Observations in 01/02 & Summary of Public Alerts from O3
    • 12:00PM Marcelle Soares-Santos (Brandeis) Electromagnetic Follow-ups of LIGO Detections (20+10)
  • 12:30PM LUNCH BREAK KITP Courtyard

     

  • Chair: Philipp Podsiadlowski (Oxford) 02:00PM Formation Channels Of Compact Object Binaries Main Seminar Room

    Talks are 20 min+10min discussion

    • 02:00PM Matteo Cantiello (Flatiron) The Evolution of Massive Stars (20+10)
    • 02:30PM Chris Fryer (Los Alamos) Remnants of Massive Stars (20+10)
    • 03:00PM Natasha Ivanova (Alberta) Common Envelope Physics (20+10)
  • 03:30PM AFTERNOON BREAK KITP Courtyard

     

  • 04:00PM Main Seminar Room

     

    • 04:00PM Yiva Gotberg (Carnegie) Evolution of Massive Binaries (20+10)
    • 04:30PM Silvia Toonen (Birmingham) Evolution of Hierarchical Triplets (20+10)
    • 05:00PM Yacine Ali-Haimoud (NYU) Primordial Black Holes as GW Sources (20+10)
  • 05:30PM SHUTTLE TO BWSCI KITP Courtyard

     

2019

Monday, Jun 24, 2019

  • Chair: Daniel Holz (Chicago) 08:50AM Setting the Stage: the Gravitational Wave Arena Main Seminar Room

    Talks are 30 min + 15 min discussion or 20 min+10min discussion

    • 08:50AM Lars Bildsten (KITP Director) Welcome
    • 09:00AM Duncan Brown (Syracuse) Towards Third-generation Gravitational Wave Observatories (30+15)
    • 09:45AM Alberto Sesana (Bicocca) Setting the GW stage: the Low Frequency Realm (LISA and PTA) (30+15)
  • 11:00AM Main Seminar Room

     

    • 11:00AM Ian Harry (Portsmouth) Introduction to LIGO/Virgo Data Analysis and Results from Binary Neutron Star Observations in 01/02 (20+10)
    • 11:30AM Ben Farr (Oregon) Results from Binary Black Hole Observations in 01/02 & Summary of Public Alerts from O3
    • 12:00PM Marcelle Soares-Santos (Brandeis) Electromagnetic Follow-ups of LIGO Detections (20+10)
  • 12:30PM LUNCH BREAK KITP Courtyard

     

  • Chair: Philipp Podsiadlowski (Oxford) 02:00PM Formation Channels Of Compact Object Binaries Main Seminar Room

    Talks are 20 min+10min discussion

    • 02:00PM Matteo Cantiello (Flatiron) The Evolution of Massive Stars (20+10)
    • 02:30PM Chris Fryer (Los Alamos) Remnants of Massive Stars (20+10)
    • 03:00PM Natasha Ivanova (Alberta) Common Envelope Physics (20+10)
  • 03:30PM AFTERNOON BREAK KITP Courtyard

     

  • 04:00PM Main Seminar Room

     

    • 04:00PM Yiva Gotberg (Carnegie) Evolution of Massive Binaries (20+10)
    • 04:30PM Silvia Toonen (Birmingham) Evolution of Hierarchical Triplets (20+10)
    • 05:00PM Yacine Ali-Haimoud (NYU) Primordial Black Holes as GW Sources (20+10)
  • 05:30PM SHUTTLE TO BWSCI KITP Courtyard

     

2019

Tuesday, Jun 25, 2019

  • Chair: Natasha Ivanova (Alberta) 09:00AM Formation Channels of Compact Object Binaries (continue) Main Seminar Room

    Talks are 20 min+10min discussion

    • 09:00AM Michela Mapelli (Padua) Dynamical Formation of Compact Binaries (20+10)
    • 09:30AM Chris Belczynski (Nicolas Capernicus) Field Formation of Compact Binaries (20+10)
    • 10:00AM Carl Rodriguez (MIT) Black Holes: the Next Generation (20+10)
  • 10:30AM MORNING BREAK KITP Courtyard

     

  • Chair: Elena Gallo (Michigan) 11:00AM Merging Neutron Stars: Observations and Numerical Simulations Main Seminar Room

    Talks are 20 min+10min discussion

    • 11:00AM Andreas Bauswein (GSI Darmstadt) Dynamics of Neutron Star Mergers (20+10)
    • 11:30AM Ryan Foley (UCSC) The First Detection of an EM Counterpart to a GW Event (20+10)
    • 12:00PM Kunal Mooley (NRAO) Radio Observations of GW170817 (20+10)
  • 12:30PM LUNCH BREAK KITP Courtyard

     

  • Chair: Juna Kollmeier (Carnegie) 02:00PM Merging NSs: Observations and Numerical Simulations (continue) Main Seminar Room

    Talks are 20 min+10min discussion

    • 02:00PM Edo Berger (Harvard) The Multi-band EM View of GW170817 (20+10)
    • 02:30PM Mansi Kasliwal (Caltech) New Results from 03 follow-up (20+10)
    • 03:00PM Daniel Siegel (Columbia) R-processes in Merging Neutron Stars (20+10)
  • 03:30PM AFTERNOON BREAK KITP Courtyard

     

  • 04:00PM Main Seminar Room

     

    • 04:00PM Jennifer Barnes (Columbia) The Physics of Kilonovae (20+10)
    • 04:30PM Vasileios Paschalidis (Arizona) Black Hole – Neutron Star Mergers (20+10)
    • 05:00PM DISCUSSION: What We Did Learn from LIGO-Virgo Observations so Far and What are the Open Issues (Brown, Metzger)
  • 05:30PM RECEPTION-KITP Courtyard KITP Courtyard

     

  • 06:00PM SPECIAL EVENTS DINNER KITP Courtyard

     

  • 08:00PM SHUTTLE TO BWSCI KITP Courtyard

     

2019

Wednesday, Jun 26, 2019

  • Chair: Brian Metzger (Columbia) 09:00AM Neutron Star Physics Main Seminar Room

    Talks are 20 min+10min discussion

    • 09:00AM Nils Andersson (Southampton) Exploring Matter at the Extremes (20+10)
    • 09:30AM Cecilia Chirenti (UFABC) QPOs from Soft Gamma-ray Repeaters (20+10)
    • 10:00AM Cole Miller (Maryland) Constraining the High-density Equation of State with Astronomical Observations (20+10)
  • 10:30AM MORNING BREAK KITP Courtyard

     

  • 11:00AM Main Seminar Room

     

    • 11:00AM Jocelyn Read (Fullerton) The Equation of State in Gravitational Wave Observations (20+10)
    • 11:30AM Reed Essick (Chicago) Fluid Instabilities in Neutron Star Mergers (20+10)
    • 12:00PM Philippe Landry (Chicago) Neutron Star Tides and Quasi-universal Relations (20+10)
  • 12:30PM LUNCH BREAK KITP Courtyard

     

  • 02:00PM Tests of Gravity and Cosmology with Multi-messenger Observations Main Seminar Room

    Talks are 20 min+10min discussion

    • 02:00PM Tessa Baker (Oxford) Constraints on Cosmological Gravity from GW170817 (20+10)
    • 02:30PM Kent Yagi (Virginia) Test of Gravity with Neutron Star Mergers (20+10)
    • 03:00PM Hsin-Yu Chen (Harvard) Prospects of Doing Cosmography with Neutron Star Mergers (20+10)
  • 03:30PM AFTERNOON BREAK KITP Courtyard

     

  • 04:00PM Main Seminar Room

    • 04:00PM Maya Fishbach (Chicago) Measurements of H0 with GW170817 (20+10)
    • 04:30PM DISCUSSION: Prospects of Testing Fundamental Gravity and Cosmology with GWs and EM Observations (Holz Metzger)
  • 05:30PM RECEPTION-KITP Courtyard KITP Courtyard

     

  • 06:00PM SPECIAL EVENTS DINNER-KITP COURTYARD KITP Courtyard

     

  • 08:00PM SHUTTLE TO BWSCI KITP Courtyard

     

2019

Thursday, Jun 27, 2019

  • Chair: Sterl Phinney (Caltech) 09:00AM Massive Black Hole Binaries: Theory and Observations Main Seminar Room

    Talks are 20 min+10 min discussion

    • 09:00AM Rosa Valiante (INAF Roma) Massive Black Hole Formation and Evolution (20+10)
    • 09:30AM Andrew MacFadyen (NYU) Massive black Hole Binaries in Viscous Disks: Dynamics and Signatures (20+10)
    • 10:00AM Monica Colpi (Bicocca) Viewing Massive Black Hole Coalescences with Ligh and GWs (20+10)
  • 10:30AM MORNING BREAK KITP Courtyard

     

  • 11:00AM Main Seminar Room

     

    • 11:00AM Mike Eracleous (Penn State) Searching for Massive Black Hole Binaries from the Point of View of an Optical Observer (20+10)
    • 11:30AM Nicola Tamanini (AEI) Astrophysics and Cosmology with LISA Sources (20+10)
    • 12:00PM Emanuele Berti (Johns Hopkins) Strong Gravity and New Physics with LISA (20+10)
  • 12:30PM LUNCH BREAK KITP Courtyard

     

  • Chair: Monica Colpi (Bicocca) 02:00PM Massive Black Hole Binaries (continue) Main Seminar Room

    Talks are 20 min+10min discussion

    • 02:00PM Megan DeCesar (Lafayette) Pulsar Timing Arrays: Observations and Status (20+10)
    • 02:30PM Sarah Vigeland (Milwaukee) Astrophysics with Current Pulsar Timing Array Limits (20+10)
    • 03:00PM DISCUSSION: Seeing Massive Black Hole Binaries in Light and Gravitational Waves (Sesana)
    • 03:30PM Organizers-Concluding Remarks
  • 04:00PM CONFERENCE END SHUTTLE TO BWSCI *Also available to SB Airport and SB Airbus, Goleta location.(See Registration Desk BEFORE Thursday to sign up.) KITP Courtyard

     

2019

Friday, Jun 28, 2019

No talks scheduled.

2019

Saturday, Jun 29, 2019

No talks scheduled.

2019

Sunday, Jun 30, 2019

No talks scheduled.