Gravitational-Wave Advanced Detector Workshop (GWADW 2014)

The last decade has produced pioneering demonstrations of the technologies to observe astrophysical gravitational waves across the frequency band from kilohertz to nanohertz.

The construction of advanced interferometric detectors (Advanced LIGO, Advanced Virgo, KAGRA, and GEO-HF) is progressing steadily, and will reach the sensitivity needed to yield first observations. The LISA Pathfinder mission is nearing launch and the LISA mission has been reformulated.

The international pulsar timing effort is progressing in developing the instruments needed, while surveys continue to provide new sources. Several developments are ongoing and gaining momentum ensuring that the field of gravitational waves astrophysics will be able to fully deploy in the current and next decades.

This workshop will address techniques that might be implemented towards the completion and commissioning of the almost completed second generation detectors. Ideas for the next generation of detectors will be explored, such as the ways of reducing thermal noise, the role of cryogenics, improving robustness, extending the frequency spectrum of observation and emphasizing the role of simulations.

The registration starts on March 1st and the deadline is April 30th. For registration form and logistic information see the conference web site.

Participants are expected to arrive on Sunday, May 25th and to leave on Saturday, May 31st.

Chairs: Francesco Fidecaro, Syd Meshkov
Local Organizers: Kazuaki Kuroda, Kentaro Somiya, Naoko Ohishi, Daisuke Tatsumi

Gravitational-Wave Advanced Detector Workshop in Hawaii

Gravitational-Wave Advanced Detector Workshop
May 13-19, 2012
Waikoloa Marriott Resort, Hawaii

Gravitational Wave Detectors for 2015, 2020, and 2025

The last decade has produced pioneering demonstrations of the technologies to observe astrophysical gravitational waves across the frequency band from kilohertz to nanohertz. Advanced interferometric detectors (Advanced LIGO, Advanced Virgo, KAGRA, and GEO-HF) are now under construction, and within a few years may yield their first observations. The LISA Pathfinder mission is nearing launch and will provide momentum for a full-scale gravitational wave observation mission. The international pulsar timing effort is steadily marching toward its targets. With these foundations in place, it is time to push the developments that will take the field of gravitational waves astrophysics into the current and next decades. This workshop will address techniques that can be implemented to enhance the detectors currently under construction, as well as new detectors that may be proposed. New ideas to reduce noise, improve robustness, and extend the frequency spectrum of observation will be discussed along with progress on long-term ongoing developments.