Posted by Sara Gil-Casanova on January 29, 2011
More than 160 scientists attended the “Gravitational-wave Physics and Astronomy Workshop" (GWPAW) hosted by UWM’s Center for Gravitation and Cosmology on Jan 26-29.
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?
Prizes were awarded for the best student posters. The best student poster went to Ayaka Shoda (University of Tokyo) and honorable mentions went to Wen-fai Fong (Harvard University) and Shaun Hooper (University of Western Australia).
Conferences talks and posters are available for download from the conference website
The next Gravitational-wave Physics and Astronomy Workshop (GWPAW-2) will be hosted by Albert-Einstein-Institut Hannover.