Since the inaugural meeting in 1998 (held at Caltech’s Capra ranch near San Diego) Capra meetings have been bringing 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, made particularly relevant by the exciting prospect of directly observing gravitational waves from EMRIs and other compact binaries in the near future.

The 17th Capra Meeting on Radiation Reaction in General Relativity will be hosted by members of the Theoretical Astrophysics group (TAPIR) at the sunny California Institute of Technology. The meeting will run June 23-27, 2014 starting with three to four days of invited and contributed talks followed by one to two days of informal discussions.

As usual, the program will focus on aspects of the self-force in general relativity but will also seek to explore the promise of a synergy 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.

The organizing committee gratefully acknowledges financial support from the National Science Foundation.

        Chad Galley

        Roland Haas

        Yanbei Chen

        Manuel Tiglio


17th Capra Meeting on Radiation Reaction in General Relativity

Image courtesy of J. Boyd

Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics