19th Capra Meeting on Radiation Reaction in General Relativity

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This Capra meeting will be held in honor of Steven Detweiler (1947-2016), who made significant contributions to gravitational physics in general, and to the Capra research program in particular.

Since the inaugural meeting in 1998, held at Caltech’s Capra ranch near San Diego, Capra meetings have brought together relativists interested in the problem of radiation reaction in relativity and its application to extreme-mass-ratio inspirals (EMRIs) as astrophysical sources of gravitational waves. The meetings address an important open problem in gravitational theory, one made particularly relevant by the recent observations of gravitational waves from binary black hole mergers, and by the exciting prospect of observing gravitational waves from EMRIs and other compact binaries in the near future.

The 19th Capra Meeting on Radiation Reaction in General Relativity will be held on the Meudon campus of the Paris Observatory, in France, from June 27 to July 1, 2016. As usual, the meeting will focus primarily on aspects of the self-force in general relativity, but will also seek to explore synergies with other approaches to the two-body problem. Following the Capra tradition, the meeting will be informal. There will be no registration fee and no proceedings.

The program will include a few invited review talks, short contributed presentations and open discussion sessions. Contributed talks on all aspects of the radiation reaction problem (including related topics such as EMRI astrophysics or data analysis) are welcome.

Invited speakers :

  • Stanislav Babak (AEI, Germany)
  • Donato Bini (CNR, Italy)
  • Thibault Damour (IHÉS, France)
  • Abraham Harte (AEI, Germany)
  • Chris Kavanagh (UCD, Ireland)
  • Maarten van de Meent (Southampton, UK)
  • Adam Pound (Southampton, UK)
  • Barry Wardell (Cornell, USA)