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Probing Neutron Stars with Gravitational Waves

June 18 - June 20, 2009

Within the next decade gravitational-wave observations by ground-based interferometers will provide unprecedented opportunities to look directly into the dense interiors of neutron stars which are opaque to all forms of electromagnetic radiation. Gravitational waves can reveal bulk properties of neutron stars (masses, radii, locations...) as well as microphysical properties (crystalline structure, viscosity, composition...), some of which are inaccessible by other methods. Gravitational wave searches are more sensitive when combined with and informed by electromagnetic and neutrino observations, and more information can be extracted from signals when they are detected.

The Penn State Center for Gravitational Wave Physics, part of the Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos, will host a workshop on this interdisciplinary opportunity June 18-20 at The Atherton Hotel. The format involves invited presentations on selected topics and extensive discussion sessions between gravitational-wave scientists, astronomers and astrophysicists, and nuclear and condensed matter physicists. There will also be opportunity to put up a few slides at the latter.


        The Workshop is scheduled to begin at 9:00 AM on Thursday, June 18th and will conclude Saturday, June 20th in the early afternoon.

View complete program schedule

Thank you for participating in the "Probing Neutron Stars with Gravitation Waves workshop", for your reference a complete list of Speakers - presentations and participants is available for your reference.

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  • Workshop registration is free.
  • Advance registration is required, seating is limited please be sure to register early.

Questions regarding registration please Kathy Smith.

Workshop Location

     The Workshop will be held at The Atherton Hotel. We have reserved a block of rooms for arrival June 17th with check-out on June 20th. For your convenience we have also confirmed a limited number of rooms for the night of June 20th, for those wishing to stay an additional night. Please refer to PNSGW when booking.

Workshop Hotel Rates:
Single room $95.00 p/night
Double Room $105.00 p/night

     The Atherton Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of downtown State College within walking distance of Penn State University, local restaurants and shops.

Atherton Hotel General Information

Contact Information:

The Atherton Hotel
125 South Atherton Street
State College, PA 16801
Telephone Number:800-832-0132 or 814-231-2100

Organizing Committee

Ben Owen, Mike Eracleous, Chuck Horowitz, Szabi Marka, Andrew Melatos, Peter Meszaros, Keith Riles

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