Astrophysics in the Era of Gravitational Wave and Multimessenger Observations

November 9 - 11, 2016

Annapolis, Maryland

The Joint Space Science Institute (JSI), a partnership between the University of Maryland College Park and the NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, is pleased to host a 3 day conference on "Astrophysics in the Era of Gravitational Wave and Multimessenger Observations."

The first gravitational wave observations are now beginning to reveal information directly from the extreme final moments of compact object binaries including black holes and, soon perhaps, also neutron stars. Astronomers now have a new probe into these objects and the physical processes which drive their creation and dynamics.  This meeting will explore the consequence of these new observations.  How does this new information supplement what we have already learned from electromagnetic observations and from theoretical modeling?  What new questions will be addressed by combined multimessenger observations?

• Gravitational wave observations and astronomy

• What we know about binary black hole systems

• Binary black holes in the GW and multimessenger era

• What we know about neutron star binary systems

• Neutron star binaries in the GW and multimessenger era

• The future GW and multimessenger era

Confirmed Invited Speakers:  Edo Berger, Tomasz Bulik, Alessandra Buonanno, Will Farr, Wen-fai Fong, Chris Fryer, Julian Krolik, Shane Larson, Jess McIver, Brian Metzger, David Radice, Carl Rodriguez, Bangalore Sathyaprakash, David Shoemaker, Chris van den Broeck, and Bing Zhang.

VENUE: The conference will be held at the Historic Inns of Annapolis, located less than half a mile from the Maryland State House in the historic capital city of Maryland, and within walking distance of the waterfront and restaurant district.  Annapolis is easily accessible from Baltimore-Washington International Airport.  Workshop activities will be held in the Governor Calvert House (58 State Circle).  This is the same building where lodging guests will check-in for their room.