Special General Relativity Centennial Session

October 1 - 3, 2015 - CIERA Northwestern University

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Thursday, October 1

Welcoming Remarks: 1:00 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.

Special General Relativity Invited Talks: 1:10 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.

Vicky Kalogera, Chair
1:10     2:00     Stu Shapiro, University of Illinois
Compact Binary Mergers as Multimessenger Sources of Gravitational Waves

2:00     2:50     Lydia Bieri, University of Michigan
Mathematical Relativity

Shane Larson, Chair
3:30     4:20     Eva Silverstein, Stanford University
Quantum gravity in the early universe and at horizons

4:20     5:10     Rainer Weiss, MIT
A brief history of gravitational waves: theoretical insight to measurement

Public lecture: 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
7:30     9:00     John D. Norton, University of Pittsburgh
Einstein’s Discovery of the General Theory of Relativity

Friday, October 2

Gravitational Wave Sources (Morning Session One): 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Vicky Kalogera, Chair
9:00     9:12     Carl Rodriguez, Northwestern University
Binary Black Hole Mergers from Globular Clusters: Implications for Advanced LIGO

9:12     9:24     Thomas Osburn, UNC Chapel Hill
Computing extreme mass ratio inspirals at high accuracy and large eccentricity using a hybrid method

9:24     9:36     Eliu Huerta, NCSA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Detection of eccentric supermassive black hole binaries with pulsar timing arrays: Signal-to-noise ratio calculations

9:36     9:48     Katelyn Breivik, Northwestern University           
Exploring galactic binary population variance with population synthesis

9:48     10:00   Eric Poisson, University of Guelph          
Fluid resonances and self-force

10:00   10:12   John Poirier, University of Notre Dame  
Gravitomagnetic acceleration of accretion disk matter to polar jets John Poirier and Grant Mathews

10:12   10:24   Philippe Landry, University of Guelph
Tidal Deformation of a Slowly Rotating Material Body

Gravitational Wave/Electromagnetic Detections (Morning Session Two): 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Daniel Holz, Chair
11:00   11:12   Luis Lehner, Perimeter Institute  
Electromagnetic counterparts from non-vacuum gravitational binaries

11:12   11:24   Hsin-Yu Chen, University of Chicago       
Optimizing gravitational wave sources followup strategies

11:24   11:36   Huan Yang, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics          
Plasma wave generation in a dynamic spacetime

11:36   11:48   Archisman Ghosh, ICTS-TIFR         
Prospects of estimating cosmological parameters from gravitational-wave observations of coalescing binary black holes

11:48   12:00   Zoheyr Doctor, University of Chicago        
Search for Kilonovae in DES Supernova Fields

12:00   12:12   Nestor Ortiz, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics         
The shadow of a naked singularity.

12:12   12:24   Milton Ruiz, UIUC    
Relativistic simulations of black hole-neutron star coalescence: the jet emerges

Friday, October 2

Numerical Relativity/Mathematical Relativity-Gravity (Afternoon Session One): 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Luis Lehner, Chair
2:00     2:12     John Ryan Westernacher-Schneider, University of Guelph    
Forced Turbulence in Relativistic Fluids

2:12     2:24     David Garfinkle, Oakland University      
Universal spike behavior in spacetime singularities

2:24     2:36     Carlos Lousto, Rochester Institute of Technology         
Spin flips in generic black hole binaries

2:36     2:48     Stephen Green, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics  
Islands of stability and recurrence times in AdS

2:48     3:00     Eric Van Oeveren, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee          
Accelerated Scalar Self-Force on a Schwarzschild Background

3:00     3:12     Alexander Tolish, The University of Chicago     
Preliminary Work Regarding Gravitational Wave Memory In An Expanding Universe

3:12     3:24     Marco Hernandez, Indiana University    
Gravitational field equations and long range repulsive effect

Mathematical Relativity-Mathematical Methods (Afternoon Session Two): 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Robert Wald, Chair
4:00     4:12     Jim Wheeler, Utah State University        
Time in conformal general relativity

4:12     4:24     Jeffrey Hazboun, Hendrix College
A Cartan geometry approach to the AdS/CFT correspondence

4:24     4:36     Benjamin Lovelady, Utah State University         
Dynamical internal symmetry: a Yang-Mills field on biconformal space

4:36     4:48     Tevian Dray, Oregon State University       
The Geometry of Relativity

4:48     5:00     Morgan Lynch, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee    
Aspects of accelerated quantum dynamics

5:00     5:12     Weishun Zhong, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor     
Holographic c-Theorem in Schrodinger Spacetime

5:12     5:24     Mohammad Akbar, University of Texas at Dallas        
Lie point symmetries of static axisymmetric vacuum Einstein equations

Saturday, October 3

Mathematical Relativity-Gravity (Morning Session One): 8:30 a.m. –  10:30 a.m.
David Garfinkle, Chair
8:30     8:42     Richard Kriske, University of Minnesota
Revisiting the Horizon

8:42     8:54     Vic Dannon, Gauge Institute         
The Sun's Orbit Radius and Period

8:54     9:06     Greg Proper, Proper Eng.    
An Alternative to the Robertson-Walker Metric and the Accelerated Expansion of Space-Time

9:06     9:18     Paul O’Brien             
Black Hole Enthalpy and the Bekenstein Bound

9:18     9:30     Kartik Prabhu, University of Chicago        
First law and entropy for charged fields

9:30     9:42     Sam Gralla, University of Arizona
Physics near Rapidly Spinning Black Holes

9:42     9:54     Soichiro Isoyama, University of Guelph 
Hamiltonian Dynamics of Self-Forced Motion in Kerr Spacetime: Inspiral-Dynamics

9:54     10:06   Robert Wald, University of Chicago          
Instability of AdS Black Holes with Ergoregions

10:06   10:18   Shouhong Wang, Indiana University      
A new blackhole theorem and its applications to cosmology and astrophysics

10:18    10:30   Shuang-Yong Zhou, Case Western           
The strong coupling scale of massive gravity

Gravitational Wave Experiments & Alternative Tests (Morning Session Two): 11:00 a.m. –  12:30 p.m.
Patrick Brady, Chair
11:00   11:12   Frank Barrett, Grand Valley State University     
Spurious Noise Acceleration of LISA Spacecraft Due to Solar Wind

11:12   11:24   Brandon Piotrzkowski, Grand Valley State University    
Spurious Acceleration Noise on the LISA Configuration Due to Solar Irradiance

11:24   11:36   Brittany Kamai, Vanderbilt University       
The Fermilab Holometer as a gravitational wave antenna

11:36   11:48   Michael Zevin, Northwestern University
LIGO Glitch Classification using Machine Learning Algorithms

11:48   12:00   Peter Zimmerman, University of Arizona
Gravitational self-force in scalar-tensor theories

12:00   12:12   Rui Xu, Indiana University, Bloomington
Searching for Lorentz violation using gravitational effective field theory

12:12   12:24   Jonah Miller, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics      
Testing Gravitational Aether Theory Through the Astrophysics of Compact Objects

Saturday, October 3

Blue-Apple Award: 2:00 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.

Alternative Tests, Gravitational Wave Data, and Mathematical Relativity-Mathematical Methods (Afternoon Session): 2:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Shane Larson, Chair
2:10     2:22     Raissa Mendes, University of Guelph    
Possibility of setting a new constraint to scalar-tensor theories

2:22     2:34     Tigran Kalaydzhyan, UIC    
Testing gravity on accelerators

2:34     2:46     Chris Pankow, Northwestern University 
A Rapid Bayesian Parameter Estimation Scheme for Binary Neutron Stars in the Advanced LIGO Era

2:46     2:58     Laura Sampson, Northwestern University          
Astrophysical Inference with Pulsar Timing Arrays

2:58     3:10     Scotty Coughlin, Northwestern University          
Distinguishing Neutron Stars from Black Holes with LIGO/Virgo

3:10     3:22     Roberto Salgado, UWisconsin-La Crosse           
Relativity on Rotated Graph Paper: Lorentz-Invariant Calculations with Causal Diamonds

3:22     3:34     George Hrabovsky, Madison Area Science and Technolgy (MAST)     
Solving the Field Equations of General Relativity in Mathematica