About the conference
Gravitational wave bursts (GWBs) are one of the classes of signals scientists expect to observe with LIGO and its partners. These short signals have the potential of unveiling the broadest range of sources of gravitational radiation: e.g. stellar core collapse, gamma-ray bursts engines, cosmic strings, compact object mergers. GWBs present us with many challenges, as the physics of their progenitors and their GW emission mechanisms are, in general, not fully understood. This severely restricts our ability to model them in detail, and makes it difficult to interpret observations. There are many subtleties associated with the interpretation of a GWB, and only through an interdisciplinary effort, that brings together investigators in astrophysics, GW data analysis and numerical relativity, will GWB observations become truly a tool of astronomical discovery.
The intent of this meeting is to provide a forum for lead scientists in astrophysics, data analysis and numerical relativity to discuss, analyze and explore innovative and transformative views of GWBs, in a remote location that is not only inspiring but also encourages continuous brainstorming and discussion, and enables synergistic collaborations. The time is ripe for a meeting of this kind that aims at having an impact on the science from the upcoming enhanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory data run.
The broad goals of the meeting are:
- Critical examination of current methodologies to model, detect and characterize GWBs.
- Discussion on extractable science from an eventual detection.
- Assessment of current computational tools to model GWB sources (e.g. stellar core-collapse, compact object mergers, cosmic string cusps) and their challenges.
- Current understanding of the physics behind the GWB source family.
- Requirements for detection and detailed observation including detector technology, data analysis approaches, and required accuracy of model predictions.
- Imagining the future of GWB science (e.g. an integrated source modeling - data analysis pipeline).
- The final outcome is to write a paper to CQG for publication that summarizes what emerged from the meeting.
Scientific Organizing Committee:
- Laura Cadonati (U. Mass-Amherst)
- Christian Ott (Caltech)
- Pablo Laguna (Georgia Tech) - Chair
- Rosalba Perna (Colorado)
- Szabi Marka (Columbia)
- Deirdre Shoemaker (Georgia Tech)