KITP Conference: Rattle and Shine:
Gravitational Wave and Electromagnetic Studies of Compact Binary Mergers (Jul 30 - Aug 3, 2012)
Coordinators: Edo Berger, Duncan Brown, Alessandra Buonanno, Chris Fryer, Luis Lehner
Scientific Advisors: Harald Pfeiffer, Deirdre Shoemaker

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Session: Gravitational-wave Detectors and Localization, Chair: Duncan Brown (Syracuse Univ.)

8:50am Lars Bildsten (KITP Director) Welcome[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
9:00am Albert Lazzarini (LIGO-Caltech) Status of the International Second-generation Gravitational-wave Detector Network[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
9:30am Stephen Fairhurst (Cardiff Univ.) Gravitational-wave astronomy with Compact Binaries: Localization and Latency[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
10:30am Morning Break
11:00am Laura Cadonati (UMass, Amherst) How Do We Use Gravitational-wave Triggers for EM Follow-up In aLIGO/AdvVirgo?[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
11:30am Stefan Ballmer (Syracuse Univ.) Beyond Advanced LIGO: Astronomy and Astrophysics with Third-generation Gravitational-wave Detectors[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
12:30pm Lunch Break

Session: EM Facilities and Transients in the LIGO Era, Chair: Edo Berger (Harvard CfA)

2:00pm Shri Kulkarni (Caltech) EM Observational Facilities and Capacities for Transients in the Advanced LIGO/Virgo Era[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
3:00pm Neil Gehrels (NASA/GSFC) Future of Gamma Ray Burst Missions[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
3:30pm Afternoon Break
4:00pm Brian Metzger (Princeton) Electromagnetic Counterparts of Neutron Star Binary Mergers[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
5:00pm Tsvi Piran (Hebrew Univ./Caltech) Radio Flares and Other Electromagnetic Signals that Follow Neutron Star Mergers[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Session: Simulations of Systems with Matter, Chair: Deirdre Shoemaker (GA Tech)

9:00am Masaru Shibata (Kyoto Univ.) Numerical Simulations of Gravitational Waves with Matter[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
10:00am Christian Ott (Caltech) Microphysics in BNS and NSBH Simulations[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
10:30am Morning Break
11:00am Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz (UC Santa Cruz) Electromagnetic Transients from Compact Binary Mergers[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
12:00pm Gail McLaughlin (NCSU) Calculations Of Yields From BNS Mergers[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
12:30pm Lunch Break

Session: Gravitational-wave Modeling and Astronomy I, Chair: Alessandra Buonanno (Univ. Maryland)

2:00pm Geoffrey Lovelace (Cornell/CSUF) Numerical Simulations of Binary Black Holes in Presence of Spins[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
3:00pm Frans Pretorius (Princeton) Eccentric Mergers[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
3:30pm Afternoon Break
4:00pm Stephan Rosswog (Jacobs Univ.) The Multi-messenger Picture of Compact Binary Mergers[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4:20pm Daniel Kasen (UC Berkeley) Radioactively Powered Transients from Compact Object Mergers[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4:40pm Mansi Kasliwal (Carnegie Obs.) Seeing the Sound: A Strategic Search for the Optical Counterpart[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
5:00pm Kenta Kiuchi (Kyoto Univ.) General Relativistic Simulation of Magnetized Binary Neutron Star Mergers[Slides][Podcast][Vid][Aud][Cam]

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Session: Merger and Afterglow Physics, Chair: Chris Fryer (LANL)

9:00am Sanjay Reddy (Univ. Washington) Neutron Star Equations of State and Their Effect on Neutron Star Mergers[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
10:00am Pablo Laguna (Georgia Tech.) Matter in BBH Simulations[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
10:30am Morning Break
11:00am Jocelyn Read (Univ. Miss/CSUF) Gravitational-wave Astrophysics with Systems Containing Matter[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
12:00pm Wen-fai Fong (Harvard) Uncovering the Progenitors of Short GRBs: Observations of Their Afterglows and Environments[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
1:00pm Lunch Break

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Session: Gravitational-wave Modeling and Astronomy II, Chair: Harald Pfeiffer (CITA)

9:00am Ian Harry (Syracuse Univ.) Searching for Binaries with Spin in aLIGO and AdvVirgo[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
10:00am Vivien Raymond (Northwestern Univ.) How Much We Lose in Sky Localization If We Neglect Spin Effects in NS-NS and NS-BH Binaries[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
10:30am Morning Break
11:00am Yi Pan (Univ. Maryland) Analytical Modeling of Spinning, Precessing Waveforms[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
12:00pm Sasha Husa (Univ. Illes Balears) Length and Accuracy Requirements for Numerical-relativity Simulations of Compact Binaries[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
12:30pm Lunch Break

Session: From Observations to Astrophysics I, Chair: Chris Fryer (LANL)

2:00pm Aimee Hungerford (LANL) Radioactive Outflows and Light Curves From Mergers[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
3:00pm Andrew MacFadyen (NYU) The Future of GRB Light-curve Calculations and Off-axis Emission[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
3:30pm Afternoon Break
4:00pm Carlos Palenzuela (Univ. Toronto) Observing Electromagnetic Signals in Loud Gravitational Wave Events[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4:20pm Tony Piro (Caltech) Magnetic Fields in Neutron Star Binaries[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
4:40pm Francois Foucart (CITA) Neutron Star Mergers: Numerical Simulations at Realistic Mass Ratios[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
5:00pm Nicholas Stone (Harvard) Lense-Thirring Precession in Short Gamma Ray Bursts[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]

Friday, August 03, 2012

Session: From Observations to Astrophysics II, Chair: Luis Lehner (Perimeter Inst.)

9:00am John Veitch (NIKHEF) What Can We Measure When We Detect A Compact Binary Coalescence?[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
10:00am Nico Yunes (Montana State Univ.) Testing General Relativity with Gravitational Waves from Compact Objects[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
10:30am Morning Break
11:00am Zachariah Etienne (UIUC) Fully General Relativistic Simulations of Magnetized Neutron Star-Black Hole Binary Mergers[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
11:20am Richard O'Shaughnessy (Univ. WI, Milwaukee) Precession During Merger: Strong Polarization Changes Are Observationally Accessible Features of Strong-field Gravity During Binary Black Hole Merger[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
11:40am Hyung Mok Lee (Seoul Nat'l Univ.) Compact Binaries Ejected from Globular Clusters as Gravitational Wave Sources[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
12:00pm Ruslan Vaulin (MIT) Open Issues in Joint Analysis of Gravitational-Wave and Electromagnetic Data[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
12:20pm Lunch Break

Session: Conclusion and Panel Discussion, Chair: Luis Lehner (Perimeter Inst.)

2:00pm Cole Miller (Univ. Maryland) So What Happens When We Make a Detection of GWs From CBC...?[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
2:40pm Panel Discussion Closeout[Podcast][Aud][Cam]


  Jordan Camp (NASA/GSFC) Using ISS Telescopes for Electromagnetic Follow-ups to Gravitational Wave Detections of NS-NS and NS-BH Mergers
  Thilina Dayanga (Washington State Univ.) Multi-detector Compact Binary Coalescence Searches in NINJA-2 data Sets[Poster]
  Benjamin Farr (Northwestern Univ.) The Effects of Amplitude Corrections on Sky Localization
  Marc Favata (UWM) Systematic Parameter Errors in Binary Neutron Star Inspirals: Effects of Spin, Tides, and High Post-Newtonian Order Terms
  Bruno Giacomazzo (JILA, University of Colorado, USA) General Relativistic Simulations of Accretion Induced Collapse of Neutron Stars to Black Holes
  Eliu Huerta (Syracuse Univ.) Searches for Eccentric Neutron Star Binaries in the Advanced Detector Era[Poster]
  Shasvath J. Kapadia (Univ. Arkansas) et al. Exploring the Possibility of Floating Orbits for Extreme Mass Ratio Binary Black Holes[Poster]
  Chunglee Kim (WVU) et al. Implications of PSR J0737-3039B For the Galactic NS-NS Binary Merger Rate[Poster]
  Sergey Klimenko (Univ. Florida) Detection and Localization of IMBH Binary Sources
  Bence Kocsis (Harvard) Gas Pile Up and Overflow in Circumbinary Accretion Disks: Type-I.5 Migration
  Prayush Kumar (Syracuse Univ.) Searching for Gravitational Waves from Non-Spinning Stellar-Mass Binary-Black-Holes using EOBNR and Taylor F2 Waveforms in the Advanced Detector Era[Poster]
  Koutarou Kyutoku (KEK, IPNS) et al. Possible Ultra-Relativistic Counterparts to Binary Neutron Star Mergers in Every Direction, X-ray-to-Radio Bands, and Second-to-Year Timescales
  Tjonnie G.F Li (Nikhef) TIGER: A Data Analysis Pipeline for Testing General Relativity Using Compact Binary Coalescence
  Ken Nishikawa (NASA) Radiation From Accelerated Particles in Shocks and Reconnections[Poster]
  Alex Nitz (Syracuse Univ.) Searching for Spinning Binary Neutron Stars with Advanced LIGO[Poster]
  Larne Pekowsky (Georgia Tech.) Impact of Higher-order Modes on the Detection of Binary Black Hole Coalescences
  Stephen Privitera (Caltech) et al. A Template Bank for the Search for Gravitational Waves from Spinning Compact Binaries
  Michael Pürrer (Cardiff Univ.) Testing the Validity of the Single-spin Approximation in IMR Waveforms
  Patricia Schmidt (Cardiff Univ.) Towards Models of Gravitational Waveforms from Generic Binaries
  Josiah Schwab (UC Berkeley) The Viscous Evolution of White Dwarf Merger Remnants[Poster]
  Stephen Taylor (Univ. Cambridge) Cosmology Without EM Counterparts: Standard Sirens in the Advanced Era and Beyond[Poster]
  Eleonora Troja (NASA/GSFC) Fermi in the ALIGO Era
  David Tsang (Caltech) Resonant Shattering 'of Neutron Star Crusts'[Poster]
  Michele Vallisneri (JPL, Caltech) Testing General Relativity with Gravitational Waves: A Reality Check
  Ruslan Vaulin (MIT) Open Issues in Joint Analysis of Gravitational-Wave and Electromagnetic Data
  Paul Walter (St. Edwards Univ.) An Overview of the Numerical Relativity Code: openGR[Poster]
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