GWAstro2016 logo v1Astrophysics in the Era of Gravitational Wave and Multimessenger Observations


November 9 - 11, 2016

Annapolis, Maryland


SESSION I: GRAVITATIONAL WAVE ASTRONOMY


  • Alessandra Buonanno (MPI for Gravitational Physics/University of Maryland): "Gravitational Waves as Astronomical Messengers"
  • Jessica McIver (Caltech): "The LIGO Detectors and the Frontier of Gravitational Wave Astronomy"
  • B. S. Sathyaprakash (Penn State University): "Astrophysical Impact of LIGO's First Observations"

SESSION II: BINARY BLACK HOLE FORMATION AND OBSERVATIONAL CONSTRAINTS


  • Chris Fryer (Los Alamos National Laboratory): "Black Hole Formation: Observations Confronting Theory"
  • Tomasz Bulik (University of Warsaw): "Binary Black Hole Production by Stellar Binary Evolution"
  • Astrid Lamberts (Caltech): "Where and When Did GW150914 Form?"
  • Carl Rodriguez (MIT): "Binary Black Holes from Dense Star Clusters"
  • Fabio Antonini (Northwestern University/CIERA): "Nuclear Clusters and their Role in the Era of Gravitational Wave Astronomy"
  • Barry McKernan (CUNY BMCC & AMNH): "On the AGN Channel for BH-BH Mergers"
  • Yoshiyuki Inoue (ISAS/JAXA): "Binary Black Hole Merger Rates Inferred from ULX Observations"
  • Justin Finke (U. S. Naval Research Laboratory): "The Binary Black Hole Merger Rate from Ultraluminous X-ray Source Progenitors"
  • Maria Babiuc-Hamilton (Marshall University): "Tools for Gravitational Wave Astronomy"
  • Zachariah Etienne (West Virginia University): "SENR: A Next-Generation, Super-Efficient Numerical Relativity Code For the Age of Gravitational Wave Astrophysics"

SESSION III:  BINARY BLACK HOLES IN THE GW AND MULTIMESSENGER ERA


  • Will Farr (University of Birmingham): "GW Measurement and Astrophysics: 2.9 Black Holes and Other Results from Advanced LIGO's First Observing Run"
  • Chris Pankow (Northwestern University): "Informing Astrophysics With Gravitational-wave Astronomy"
  • Eric Burns (University of Alabama-Huntsville): "GW150914-GBM"
  • Pietro Ubertini (INAF-IAPS / INFN-Roma2): "INTEGRAL Update of Gamma-ray Follow-up of GW and HE Neutrino Events and Future Perspectives"
  • Julian Krolik (Johns Hopkins University): "Bright EM Signals from Merging Stellar-Mass Black Holes Should Be Rare"
  • Bing Zhang (University of Nevada Las Vegas): "Possible EM Counterparts of BH-BH Mergers"
  • Bing Zhang and Julian Krolik: "Joint Discussion of Prospects for Black Hole Merger Counterparts"

 SESSION IV:  WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT NEUTRON STAR BINARY SYSTEMS


  • Wen Fai Fong (University of Arizona): "Short Gamma-ray Bursts: Lessons Learned, Open Questions, and Constraints for the GW Era"
  • David Radice (Princeton University): "Simulations of Binary Neutron Star Mergers: the State of the Art"
  • Daniel Siegel (Columbia University): "Electromagnetic Transients from Long-lived Binary Neutron Star Merger Remnants"
  • Lillana Caballero (University of Guelph): "Neutron-star Mergers: Equation of State and Multimessenger Signals" 

SESSION V:  NEUTRON STAR BINARIES IN GW AND MULTIMESSENGER ERA


  • Chris Van Den Broeck (Nikhef): "Constraining the Neutron Star Equation of State with Gravitational Wave Signals from Coalescing Binary Neutron Stars"
  • Brian Metzger (Columbia University): "Electromagnetic Counterparts of Binary Neutron Star Mergers"
  • David Tsang (University of Maryland): "Resonant Shattering Flares During Neutron Star Binary Inspiral"
  • Brian Morsony (University of Maryland): "Localizing Gravitational Wave Events with GRB Afterglows"

SESSION VI:  MULTIMESSENGER OBSERVATION CAMPAIGNS


  • Nial Tanvir (University of Leicester): "EM Searches for Compact Binary Mergers Using the Lessons from SGRBs"
  • Judith Racusin (NASA/GSFC): "TAO-ISS"
  • Philip Evans (University of Leicester): "Multimessenger Astronomy with Swift"
  • Varun Bhalerao (IUCAA): "Indian Eyes on Gravitational Wave Skies"
  • Adam Zadrozny (National Centre for Nuclear Research): "Pi of the Sky - and Algorithms for Multi-messenger Astronomy Era"
  • Kendall Ackley (University of Florida): "Automated Unsupervised Transient Identification in the Era of GW Astronomy"

SESSION VII:  THE FUTURE GW AND MULTIMESSENGER ERA


  • Edo Berger (Harvard University): "Multi-wavelength EM Follow-up: The Present and Future"
  • Bernard Kelly (CRESST/UMBC/NASA GSFC): "Distinguishing Transients from Merger Characteristics in EM Signals from Black Hole Binary Mergers"
  • Tingting Liu (University of Maryland): "A Systematic Search for Periodically Varying Quasars in the Pan-STARRS1 Medium Deep Survey"
  • David Shoemaker (MIT): "Gravitational-wave Observatories for the Future: a Forward-looking Survey"
  • Shane Larson (Northwestern University/Adler Planetarium): "Observations across the Gravitational Wave Spectrum"