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Focus Session on
Dynamical Horizons, Binary Coalescences, Simulations and Waveforms

July 16 - 19, 2018

Penn State University Park Campus

The Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos will hold a Focus Session to discuss novel ideas at the interface of post-Newtonian methods, horizon dynamics, numerical simulations and data analysis to create new tools to test the dynamical regime of full, non-linear general relativity through gravitational waves. It will be held at Penn State, University Park campus from July 16-19, 2018. The main session program will be over on July 18 but we will have additional information discussions on July 19.

Recently, interesting ideas have been put forward to extract information about the progenitors of compact binary collisions from gravitational wave signals using, e.g., post-Newtonian methods. There is potential to connect the post-Newtonian inspiral phase to the beginning of the formation of the common dynamical horizon, and then relate the non-linear process by which the dynamical horizon settles down to the waveforms seen in detectors. The Focus Session will bring together expertise in four areas with the hope of making significant advances: Post-Newtonian methods, mathematical GR, numerical GR and data analysis.

There will be a few talks in each area to bring everyone to the same wavelength and most of the session will be devoted to discussions aimed at cross-fertilization of ideas. Details on scientific organization will be available in due course.

A confirmed list of participants is now available.


This event is open to other interested participants. However, each participant must register in advance by sending an email to Randi Neshteruk at with the following information: Name, institutional affiliation, professional status (faculty, postdoc, graduate student or undergraduate student) and participation dates. Strong preference will be given to those who intend to participate in the full session. Early registration is strongly recommended since the event will be limited to 25 participants.

Scientific Program

The scientific program for the Focus Session is now available:


This Focus Session is supported by the Pittsburgh Foundation through the Urania Stott Fund and the Eberly College of Science.

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