Contact:  rxh1[AT]psu.eduLocation:  Penn State University, State College, PA
With the observation of gravitational waves from binary neutron stars, a new era in multi-messenger astronomy has begun. Gravitational-wave and classical astronomy will together observe highly energetic and transient phenomena in the Universe. The goals of this workshop are:
(1) to discuss what we have learned from observing gravitational waves and EM afterglows from GW170817
(2) how combining the information from the two windows helps us to gain a deeper understanding of these violent events
(3) to explore how upcoming observations of such processes can help us understand the physics at the extreme – strong gravitational fields, ultra-high densities, temperatures and magnetic fields, and
(4) to debate the ultimate science goals for this emerging, synergistic field and what detectors and telescopes would be needed to make a steep change in the scientific questions we can answer with such observations.
The program will consist of panel discussions organized around a small number of reviews. The main goal is to identify important areas for research and foster new collaborations based on the deliberations of the workshop.
The event is open for participation by anyone but we have limited availability of a maximum of about 70 participants after which registration will be closed.