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Location: Bremen, Germany

COSPAR 2010 Event H02: 2nd announcement

Probing Strong Gravity with Gravitational and Electromagnetic Waves

Second announcement for an event (H02) at the
38th COSPAR Scientific Assembly – Bremen (Germany), 2010 July 18-25

Duration: 4 half-days

Commissions E (Research in Astrophysics from Space) and H (Fundamental Physics in Space)
Sub-commissions: E1 (Galactic and Extragalactic Astrophysics)

Scientific rationale:

Neutron stars and black holes probe the strongest gravitational fields found in the present-day Universe. A large number of such objects is continuously monitored with high-energy satellites. In parallel, the recent discovery of a binary radio pulsar allows precise measurements of GR parameters at a larger distance from compact objects. Soon, these objects will be detected with upcoming gravitational-wave observatories, which will open another avenue for the study of strong gravity and the test of GR predictions. The scope of this two-day COSPAR session is to bring together experimentalists, observers, and theorists in these separate by complementary fields and discuss the strategies and aims of testing general relativity in the strong-field regime in the near future.

Scientific Organizing Committee

T.M. Belloni (Main Scientific Organizer, Italy), S.A. Hughes (Deputy Organizer, USA), D. Barret (France), M. Gilfanov (Germany/Russia), V. Kaspi (Canada), M. Kramer (UK), M. Mendez (Netherlands), R. Narayan (USA), G. Nelemans (Netherlands), D. Psaltis (USA), L. Rezzolla (Germany), M. Volonteri (USA),A. Watts (Netherlands), C. Will (USA)

Invited speakers

B. Allen (to be confirmed)
N. Andersson
J. Centrella
K. Danzmann
J. Lazio
C.M. Miller
K. Nandra
F. Özel
D. Psaltis
C. Reynolds
B. Schutz
J. Steiner
T. Strohmayer
C. Will

The precise dates of the Event will be announced as soon as they are fixed.

We remind you that

**** ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS 2010 FEBRUARY 19 ****

This is also the deadline for asking COSPAR for financial support.

Information on the 38th COSPAR Scientific Assembly can be found at
http://www.cospar2010.org/index.html
and http://www.cospar-assembly.org/

Information on Event H02 is available on the COSPAR page
http://www.cospar-assembly.org/admin/congress_overview.php?sessionid=216
and will soon be available at
http://www.brera.inaf.it/gravity2010/index.html

Conference email: gravity2010_AT_brera.inaf.it