New book on the GR’s centenary

The publisher MDPI has just released the book “100 Years of Chronogeometrodynamics: The Status of the Einstein’s Theory of Gravitation in Its Centennial Year”, edited by L. Iorio and E.C. Vagenas, with contributions of G.F. Smoot, I. Antoniadis, O. Gron, J.P.Luminet and others.

http://www.mdpi.com/books/pdfview/book/352

Prize postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Birmingham

The Institute of Gravitational Wave Astronomy at the University of Birmingham, UK, invites applications for Postdoctoral Prize Fellowships.

The Institute’s Postdoctoral Prize Fellowships provide top-caliber researchers with an opportunity to carry out an independent research programme in any area connected to gravitational wave astronomy in a diverse, dynamic and collaborative group. Areas of particular strength in the group include experimental and theoretical physics with applications to future-generation detector design; data analysis for ground-based, space-borne, and pulsar-timing observatories; and theoretical astrophysics with a focus on gravitational-wave sources at all mass scales.

Applications from top researchers in all areas related to gravitational-wave astronomy, including instrumentation, quantum measurement, data analysis, astrostatistics, astronomical observations, astrophysics theory and general relativity are encouraged. Applications from Ph.D. holders with strong interdisciplinary connections (e.g., to optics, computer science, theoretical physics) or those with backgrounds in adjoint fields are welcome.

The appointment will be for a three-year term starting in 2017. The Prize Fellowship comes with a generous research and travel budget.

For full consideration, candidates must apply online, see <http://www.sr.bham.ac.uk/gwgroup/jobs> for full details. The deadline for application is 6 January 2017.

For informal enquiries please contact: Prof. Alberto Vecchio (av [at] star.sr.bham.ac.uk), Prof. Andreas Freise (a.freise [at] bham.ac.uk), or Prof. Ilya Mandel (imandel [at] star.sr.bham.ac.uk).

16th Canadian Conference on General Relativity and Relativistic Astrophysics, Vancouver, 6-8 July 2016

We are pleased to announce that the 16th Canadian Conference on General Relativity and Relativistic Astrophysics (CCGRRA16) will be held 6-8 July 2016 at Simon Fraser University’s downtown campus in Vancouver, Canada.  As with previous meetings in the CCGRRA series, the goal is to bring together both Canadian and international relativists for scientific discussion and exchange.  Topics covered include mathematical and numerical relativity, quantum gravity, relativistic astrophysics, and cosmology.

Confirmed (* indicates tentatively) plenary speakers are Spyros Alexakis, Robert Brandenberger*, Matt Choptuik, David Garfinkle, Jack Gegenberg, Gil Holder, Vicky Kaspi, Luis Lehner, Don Page*, Dejan Stojkovic, and David Wands.

In addition to the plenary lectures, time will be allotted in the afternoons for contributed talks from members of the national and international community. Postdocs and graduate students are especially encouraged to contribute talks.

More information can be found on the conference website: http://www.sfu.ca/physics/cosmology/CCGRRA-16/

To receive notifications about registration deadlines and other updates, subscribe to the conference mailing list by sending an email to ccgrra-16-announce@sfu.ca with “subscribe” in the subject line. To unsubscribe, email the same address with “unsubscribe” in the subject.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Vancouver in July!

Andrei Frolov, Gabor Kunstatter, Levon Pogosian
CCGRRA16 organizing committee

General Relativity and Gravitation: A Centennial Perpspective

An international conference to celebrate 100 years of general relativity will be held at the Penn State University Park campus from Sunday, June 7 through Friday, June 12, 2015 under the auspices of the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation (ISGRG) and the Topical Group on Gravitation (GGR) of the American Physical Society. For details, see the conference website http://event.gravity.psu.edu/index.shtml

Registration had to be closed early because we reached the capacity of the main auditorium as well as an overflow room. Therefore the Plenary Sessions of the Conference will be broadcast live. Any Plenary event can be accessed via the link Media Site Live next to that event on the complete Program page on the conference Website. These include broad overviews by senior leaders in the field as well as Perspectives Sessions that look to the future.

junior scientist Andrejewski Days: 100 years of General Relativity

Dear colleagues,

we invite applications from junior scientists (graduate students and postdocs) for participation in the “junior scientist Andrejewski Days: 100 years of General Relativity”. The Andrejeweksi Days will take place in Brandenburg, Germany, from March 22nd through April 4th 2015. We would be grateful if you could forward this information to all junior scientists inside and outside your institution who might be interested in attending the workshop.

The deadline for application is December 7th 2014.

More information: www.math.uni-potsdam.de/grworkshop

Thank you very much and best regards,
Carla Cederbaum and Jan Metzger

Highlights and Conclusions of the Chalonge 16th Paris Cosmology Colloquium 2012

Towards the Chalonge 17th Paris Cosmology Colloquium 2013:
Highlights and Conclusions of the Chalonge 16th Paris Cosmology Colloquium 2012

Summary:

LWDM (Warm Dark Matter) is progressing impressively. The galactic scale crisis and decline of LCDM+baryons (Cold Dark Matter + baryons) are staggering. The 16th Paris Chalonge Colloquium 2012 combined real cosmological/astrophysical/particle/nuclear data and hard theory predictive approach in the LWDM Standard Cosmological Model. News and reviews from ACT, WMAP, SPT, QUIET, Planck, Herschel, JWST, UFFO, KATRIN and MARE experiments; astrophysics, particle and nuclear physics WDM searches, galactic observations, neutrinos, related theory and simulations, with the aim of synthesis and clarification.

Contents:
Highlights by Peter BIERMANN Carlo BURIGANA, Christopher CONSELICE, Asantha COORAY, Hector dE VEGA, Carlo GIUNTI & Marco LAVEDER, John KORMENDI & K FREEMAN, Ernest MA, John MATHER, Lyman PAGE, Norma SANCHEZ, George SMOOT.
Summary and conclusions by dE VEGA, FALVELLA and SANCHEZ.

Data confirm primordial CMB gaussianity. Effective (Ginsburg-Landau) Inflation theory predicts r about 0.04-0.05, negligeable running of ns, the inflation energy scale (GUT scale) and the set of CMB observables in agreement with the data.
WMAP9 and Planck measurements are compatible with one or two Majorana sterile neutrinos in the eV mass scale.

Cored (non cusped) DM halos and keV WDM are strongly favored by theory and observations, Wimps are strongly disfavoured. LambdaCDM + baryons do not work at small scales. Inside galaxy cores, quantum WDM effects are important.
Quantum WDM calculations (Thomas-Fermi) provide galaxy masses, velocity dispersions and cored profiles and their sizes in agreement with observations.

A WDM fermion of about 2 keV naturally reproduces galaxy, large scale and cosmological observations. WDM keV particles deserve dedicated astronomical and laboratory searches, theoretical work and numerical simulations. KATRIN can be adapted to look to keV scale sterile neutrinos. It will be a fantastic discovery to detect dark matter in a beta decay.

Daniel Chalonge Medal 2012: Brian Schmidt, Nobel Prize in Physics 2011

With compliments and kind regards

International School Daniel Chalonge
http://chalonge.obspm.fr

7th Gulf Coast Gravity Meeting (registration deadline and logistics)

We decided to set a deadline of March 15 for registration. To register, please send an email with your name and affiliation (plus the title and abstract of your talk, if you wish to give a talk) to the following address:

gcgm7[AT]phy.olemiss.edu

We encourage you to plan your travel in advance, because we recently found out that a tennis tournament is taking place at the same time as GCGM7, so many hotels in town are already full. We booked blocks of rooms at discounted rates at Super 8 and University Inn. A limited (and slightly more costly) number of rooms is also available at Hampton Inn/Holiday Inn (they are run by the same company). Please make your reservations by the following dates:

* March 18 for Super 8
* April 1 for University Inn

In all cases, mention that you are attending the Gulf Coast Gravity Meeting to obtain the discounted rate. More details on travel and lodging are available at the conference website.