A key aim of the Astro-GR meetings is to foster and develop new collaborative ventures, as well as to strengthen existing ones, within the different communities (astrophysics, data analysis, general relativity and numerical relativity).
The focus of this informal (*) meeting will be gravitational wave (GW) and electromagnetic (EM) signatures of massive black hole binaries (MBHBs) and extreme/intermediate mass-ratio inspirals (EMRIs/IMRIs). This meeting will be run in the style of all previous Astro-GR meetings, with presentations in the morning and discussion/working groups in the afternoon.
When LISA flies, it will provide us with an opportunity to detect gravitational waves from high redshift sources (z~20). Observations of MBHBs could provide invaluable information on galaxy formation models, while EMRI observations could provide information on the strong field regime around a Kerr black hole. As LISA will be a precision tool determining when a possible merger may take place, it is important that the astrophysical and data analysis communities work hand in hand.
The main topics of interest for the meeting will be:
for MBHBs, EMRIs and IMRIs.
(*) Informal means: no registration fee, poster presentation, or proceedings. Also financial assistance to participants for the meeting can not be provided.