20th Pacific Coast Gravity Meeting:
scientific program

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, 26-27 March 2004

Final program

Friday, March 26, 2004

Session I (chair: T. Creighton)
breakfast and registration 8:00 9:00
Michele Vallisneri Jet Propulsion Laboratory Opening remarks 9:00 9:05
Shane L. Larson Caltech No Little stars, big black holes: gravitational waves from parabolic capture orbits 9:05 9:20
Rick Jenet Jet Propulsion Laboratory No Pulsar timing and gravitational wave detection: Constraining the properties of the proposed super-massive black hole system in 3C66B 9:20 9:35
Rafael Araya-Gochez Caltech No Gravitational waves from hyper-accretion onto nascent black holes 9:35 9:50
Marc Favata Cornell University Yes The gravitational radiation rocket effect 9:50 10:05
Sherry Suyu Caltech Yes Determining the Hubble constant from the gravitational lens B1608+656 10:05 10:20
Geoffrey Lovelace Caltech Yes Tidal coupling in extreme mass ratio inspirals 10:20 10:35
coffee break 10:35 10:55

Session II (chair: S. Whitcomb)
Patrick Sutton Caltech No Status of LIGO 10:55 11:10
Pavlin Savov Caltech Yes Comparison Between Nearly Flat and Concentric Mexican-Hat Modes for Advanced LIGO - Applications to Angular Instabilities 11:10 11:25
Jan Harms Max-Planck-Institut fuer Gravitationsphysik Yes Nonlinear Optics and Interferometric Gravitational-Wave Detectors 11:25 11:40
Akira Villar Caltech Yes Sapphire Mirrors: Preliminary data from the TNI 11:40 11:55
Yi Pan Caltech Yes A physical family of gravitational-wave templates for precessing binaries 11:55 12:10
Peter Shawhan Caltech No Status of LIGO Searches for Binary Inspirals 12:10 12:25
Szabolcs Marka Caltech No Search for the gravitational wave signature of GRB030329 12:25 12:40
lunch break 12:40 2:00

Session III (chair: L. Burko)
Before the beginning of the Friday afternoon session, Prof. Vladimir Braginsky (Moscow State University) will give a special CaJAGWR seminar on the Adolescent years of experimental physics. All PCGM participants are invited to attend. The seminar will be at 2pm in the PCGM conference room (E. Bridge 201).
Alfonso Agnew California State University, Fullerton No Biquaternion Geometry and Twistors 2:25 2:40
Ivan Avramidi New Mexico Tech No Noncommutative Deformation of General Relativity 2:40 2:55
Arthur E. Fischer UC Santa Cruz No A New Geometric Approach to Existence, Uniqueness, and Persistance of Solutions for Einstein's Empty Space Field Equations 2:55 3:10
William Pezzaglia Santa Clara University No Is Gauge Invariance Violated by Spin and Torsion? 3:10 3:25
Jack Hohner AXAMA Corporation No Deficiencies in Tidal Friction 3:25 3:40
coffee break 3:40 4:00

Session IV (chair: J. Hartle)
Thomas Hertog UCSB No Black Holes and Asymptotics in Anti de Sitter Space 4:00 4:15
Steve Giddings UCSB No The locality bound and the information paradox 4:15 4:30
Belkis Cabrera-Palmer Syracuse University Yes A new instability of the black string 4:30 4:45
Henriette Elvang UCSB Yes Black Rings: Non-uniqueness of Black Holes in Supergravity 4:45 5:00
Keith Copsey UCSB Yes Through the Looking Glass: AdS-CFT with time dependent boundary conditions 5:00 5:15
James Dunham - No Geometric Basis of Born Infeld Electrodynamics 5:15 5:30
party at Kip Thorne's 7:00

At the end of the Friday afternoon session, it will be possible for a limited number of PCGM participants to visit the LIGO 40m prototype located in the Caltech campus. A signup sheet will be available on Friday morning; preference will be given to nonlocal participants.

Saturday, March 27, 2004

Session I (chair: D. Marolf)
breakfast 8:00 9:00
Zoltan Perjes KFKI RMKI - Hungarian Academy of Sciences No Perturbations of FRW models with a cosmological constant 9:00 9:15
Dominic Clancy University of Crete No Generating solutions for gravi-scalar systems with potentials 9:15 9:30
Steven Carlip UC Davis No A homogeneous early universe from sums over topologies 9:30 9:45
Jim Isenberg University of Oregon No Cosmological Solutions with no CMC Slices 9:45 10:00
Lior Burko University of Utah No Higher-derivative Palatini gravity and the accelerating universe 10:00 10:15
Sasha Buchman Stanford University No LISA technology progress 10:15 10:30
coffee break 10:30 10:50

Session II (chair: S. Larson)
Teviet Creighton Caltech No Detectability of extreme-mass-ratio inspirals by LISA 10:50 11:05
Naoki Seto Caltech No Strong Gravitational Lensing and Localization of Merging Massive Black Hole Binaries with LISA 11:05 11:20
Daniel Bambeck Montana State University Yes Sensitivity curves for LISA-like detectors with nearly equal arms 11:20 11:35
Seth Timpano Montana State University Yes Modeling the Galactic Gravitational Wave Background 11:35 11:50
Louis Rubbo Montana State University Yes Characterizing the Galactic Gravitational Wave Background 11:50 12:05
Paul Schladensky Montana State University Yes Hierarchical methods for detecting supermassive black hole binaries 12:05 12:20
Jeff Crowder Montana State University Yes Lisa Signal Confusion 12:20 12:35
lunch break 12:35 2:00

Session III (chair: L. Lindblom)
Harald P. Pfeiffer Caltech No Construction of initial data for GR 2:00 2:15
Mark Scheel Caltech No Controlling growth of constraints in numerical relativity 2:15 2:30
Robert Owen Caltech Yes Optimal Constraint Projection for Symmetric Hyperbolic Systems 2:30 2:45
Ilya Mandel Caltech Yes Breaking black holes with scalar waves 2:45 3:00
Luisa T. Buchman Jet Propulsion Laboratory No A Hyperbolic Tetrad Approach to Numerical Relativity 3:00 3:15
Frans Pretorius Caltech No Numerical experiments with generalized harmonic coordinates 3:15 3:30
coffee break 3:30 3:50

Session IV (chair: P. Sutton)
awarding of the prize for the GGR Topical Group in Gravity Best Student Presentation at PCGM20 3:50 3:55
Richard Price University of Utah No Radiative tails in Schwarzschild spacetime revisited one more time yet again (with Lior Burko) 3:55 4:10
David L. Meier Jet Propulsion Laboratory No Ohm's Law in the Fast Lane: General Relativistic Charge Dynamics 4:10 4:25
Craig Hogan University of Washington No Quantum Gravity Gives Inflationary Perturbations a Discrete Spectrum That Might be Observed 4:25 4:40
Gary Horowitz UCSB No How to violate cosmic censorship 4:40 4:55
Donald Marolf UCSB No On the Quantum Width of a Black Hole Horizon 4:55 5:10
Robert D. Eagleton and Martin N. Kaplan California State Polytechnic University, Pomona No Gravitation and the Vacuum Structure 5:10 5:25

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