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TESTS OF GRAVITY AND GRAVITATIONAL PHYSICS, MAY 18-21

Location: Inamori Center, Crawford Hall, Case Western Reserve University

All photos (c) Yi-Zen Chu

Monday, 5/18/2009

18:00 - 20:00

Reception at Intercontinental Suites Hotel: hors d'oeuvres & cash bar.

Tuesday, 5/19/2009

9:00-9:15

Welcome: Tanmay Vachaspati

CERCA & Origins: Glenn Starkman

9:15-10:45

Tests of gravity 1 (Chair: Tanmay Vachaspati)

30+5

Blayne Heckel

Torsion Balance Tests of Gravity

(pdf ppt)

30+5

Thomas Bay

Measuring Deviations from Newtonian Gravity

(pdf)

15+5

Neil Ashby

Measurement of the Gravitational Time Delay Using Drag-Free Spacecraft and an Optical Clock

(pdf ppt)

10:45-11:15

Coffee

11:15-12:10

Tests of gravity 2 (Chair: Avi Loeb)

30+5

Ricardo Decca

Search for Hypothetical Corrections to Newtonian Gravity at lambda ~ 100 nm

(pdf ppt)

15+5

Kasey Wagoner

Design and Performance Characteristics of GEE Lab's Submillimeter Torsion Balance

(pdf)

12:10-13:30

Lunch (Crawford deck/Nord Hall)

13:30-15:20

Black holes 1 (Chair: Bill Unruh)

30+5

Avi Loeb

Imaging Black Holes

(pdf ppt)

30+5

Frans Pretorius

Black Hole Collisions

(pptx pdf zipped including movies)

15+5

Cosimo Bambi

Super-spinning black holes, motivations and observational signatures

(pdf)

15+5

Tim Johannsen

Constraints on the Size of Extra Dimensions from the Orbital Evolution of Black-Hole X-Ray Binaries

(pdf ppt)

15:20-16:20

Coffee & Michelson-Morley tour (guide: Bill Fickinger)

(Sign up for Wednesday dinner reservation & return shuttle.)

16:20-17:30

Black holes 2 (Chair: Eanna Flanagan)

30+5

Samir Mathur

How String Theory Resolves the Black Hole Information Paradox

30+5

Dejan Stojkovic

Black holes and extra dimensions

(pptx pdf zipped, including movies)

18:00

Workshop dinner in Powell Room, Allen Library

Wednesday, 5/20/2009

9:00-10:30

Analogs (Chair: Ted Jacobson)

30+5

Bill Unruh

Analog systems 

15+5

Michael Uhlmann

On the Simulation of Expanding Spacetimes in Trapped Bose-Einstein Condensates

(pdf)

30+5

George Pickett

Analog Capabilities of He-3

(pdf ppt)

10:30-11:00

Coffee

(Sign up for dinner reservation & return shuttle.)

11:00-12:30

Cosmology 1 (Chair: Dan Stinebring)

30+5

Nima Arkani-Hamed

Don't modify gravity, understand it!

30+5

Justin Khoury

Observational Hints of Infrared-Modified Gravity

(pdf)

15+5

Stacy McGaugh

Astronomical and Experimental tests of MOND

(pdf)

12:30-14:00

Lunch (Crawford deck/Nord Hall)

Sculpture sighting (weather permitting)

(Sign up for return shuttle.)

14:00-15:15

Cosmology 2 (Chair: Samir Mathur)

30+5

Ted Jacobson

Issues in Einstein-aether Theory

(pdf)

15+5

Levon Pegosian

Cosmological Tests of GR, a Look at the Principals

(pdf)

15+5

Mark Wyman

N-body Simulations of Degravitation and DGP Models

(pdf)

15:15-15:45

Coffee

(Sign up for return shuttle.)

15:45-17:25

Cosmology 3 (Chair: Nima Arkani-Hamed)

100

Panel Discussion:

Modified Gravity: What does it buy? and at What Price?

15

Bob Wald

(pdf)

15

Eanna Flanagan

(pdf)

15

Glenn Starkman

(pdf pptx)

15

Mark Trodden

(pdf)

15

Nemanja Kaloper

(pdf)

18:00

Dinner on own -- Healthline to Public Square, other options.

Thursday, 5/21/2009

9:00-10:30

Gravitational waves 1 (Chair: Blayne Heckel)

30+5

Mark Kasevich

Atom Interferometers and Gravitational Waves

(pdf ppt)

30+5

Dan Stinebring

Searching for Gravitational Waves with Millisecond Pulsars

(pdf pptx)

15+5

Peter Bender

LISA and Gravitational Physics Tests

(pdf ppt)

10:30-11:00

Coffee

11:00-11:35

Gravitational waves 2 (Chair: Dejan Stojkovic)

30+5

Benjamin Owen

Parity Violating Gravitational Waves(pdf ppt)

11:35-12:15

Tests of Alternative models (Chair: Justin Khoury)

15+5

Jay Tasson

Gravitational Experiments and Lorentz Violation

(pdf ppt)

15+5

Michael Seifert

Geodesic Motion in Lorentz-Violating Theories

(pdf)

12:15 --

Closing remarks: Tanmay Vachaspati

12:30

Boxed lunches.

You can download a zip file of all talks in pdf format (260MB) and ppt format (156MB, including movies).