The Gravitational-wave Physics and Astronomy Workshop brought together experts in gravitational waves, astronomy and computational astrophysics to address open questions in gravitational-wave astronomy.
The workshop was arranged around the following questions: How do we combine gravitational-wave, electromagnetic, and particle observations of transient astrophysical events? What can we learn about compact objects through multi-messenger observations and simulations? How can we use gravitational-wave observations to address open questions in cosmology? How can gravitational-wave observations address fundamental questions of physics? For example, what constraints can be placed on alternative theories of gravity? The next generation of gravitational-wave detectors will begin observations around the middle of the decade. What gaps, if any, in observational capabilities need to be filled in order to maximize the science related to gravitational-wave observations?
The Gravitational-wave Physics and Astronomy Workshop (GWPAW) was hosted by the Center for Gravitation and Cosmology at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
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