PCGM 30 Scientific Program

All talks will take place in Room 2250 (the Ledden Auditorium) in Building 250 (HSS -- Humanities and Social Sciences Building) on the UCSD campus. For directions to the Ledden Auditorium on the UCSD campus, navigate over to the maps on the practical information page.)

Each speaker will be alloted a maximum of 15 minutes for setup + the talk itself + questions and answers. Plan to limit your talk to no more than 12 minutes to allow time for setup and a question or two.

Speakers using computer generated talks: Please verify prior to your session that your laptop communicates correctly with the projector. Speakers should begin connecting their laptops to the projector during the question period of the speaker immediately preceeding their talk. Whenever possible, speakers from each session should collect talks onto a single loptop to minimize setup delays. Blackboards, chalk, and overhead transparancy projectors are also available.

Coffee, tea, sodas, and light snacks (bagels, etc) will be available (provided fittingly by Einstein Brothers) before the morning sessions starting at 8am, and during the morning and afternoon coffee breaks. These will be served in Room 2402A of the APM Building, located immediately adjacent to the Lecture Auditorium.

A printable version of the program below may be found [ here ].

Friday, March 28, 2014   

Session I (Chair: Michael Holst, UC San Diego)

Name Organization Talk Begin End Student
Registration (and emergency coffee for those in need) 8:15 9:00
Michael Holst UC San Diego Welcome and Announcements 9:00 9:15
Jim Isenberg University of Oregon On Renormalization Group Flow 9:15 9:30
Ali Behzadan UC San Diego The Einstein Constraint Equations 9:30 9:45
Jon Kaufman (Brian Keating) UC San Diego The BICEP2 experiment and first results 9:45 10:15
Coffee/Snack Break in 2402A AP&M (30 minutes) 10:15 10:45

Session II (Chair: Melvin Leok, UC San Diego)

Name Organization Talk Begin End Student
Aaron Zimmerman Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics Eikonal Green Function of the Kerr Spacetime 10:45 11:00
Netta Engelhardt UC Santa Barbara Extremal Surfaces and Singularities 11:00 11:15
Gavin Hartnett UC Santa Barbara Instabilities of Rotating Black Holes and Quasinormal Modes in the Large D Limit 11:15 11:30
William Kelly UC Santa Barbara Linearized Instabilities in the Gravitational Dirichlet Problem 11:30 11:45
Amol Patwardhan UC San Diego Gravitational radiation from late-time vacuum phase transitions 11:45 12:00
Evan Grohs UC San Diego Photon Diffusion in the early Universe 12:00 12:15
Lunch off-campus somewhere (2 hours) 12:15 2:15

Session III (Chair: Manuel Tiglio, University of Maryland & Caltech)

Name Organization Talk Begin End Student
Huan Yang Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics Turbulent black holes 2:15 2:30
Roland Haas Caltech Binary neutron star simulations with SpEC 2:30 2:45
Evan Foley CSU Fullerton Neutron star-black hole simulations with very fast black hole spins 2:45 3:00
Sherwood Richers Caltech Jet Instability in Magnetorotational Core-Collapse Supernovae 3:00 3:15
Coffee/Snack Break in 2402A AP&M (30 minutes) 3:30 4:00

Session IV (Chair: Lee Lindblom, Caltech)

Name Organization Talk Begin End Student
Casey Handmer Caltech Spectral Characteristic Evolution: A new algorithm for gravitational wave propagation 4:00 4:15
Jonathan Blackman Caltech A sparse representation of gravitational waves from precessing compact binaries 4:15 4:30
Geoffrey Lovelace CSU Fullerton A catalog of binary black-hole simulations for gravitational-wave astronomy 4:30 4:45
Kevin Barkett Caltech Gravitational Waveforms in the Early Inspiral of Black Hole-Neutron Star Systems 4:45 5:00
David Radice Caltech Beyond 2nd order convergence in numerical relativity simulations of binary neutron stars 5:00 5:15
Reza Katebi CSU Fullerton Simulations of merging, spinning black holes: How fast do the resulting holes initially spin? 5:15 5:30

Saturday, March 29, 2014   

Session V (Chair: Jim Isenberg, Oregon)

Name Organization Talk Begin End Student
Registration (and emergency coffee for those in need) 8:15 9:00
David Rideout UC San Diego Monte Carlo Simulations of Causal Set Quantum Gravity 9:00 9:15
Sebastian Fischetti UC Santa Barbara Entanglement in Extremal Reissner-Nordstrom AdS 9:15 9:30
Kevin Kuns UC Santa Barbara Quantum Quench in a CFT with Large Central Charge 9:30 9:45
Yinbo Shi UC Santa Barbara Effective Field Theory Parameterization of Nonviolent Nonlocality 9:45 10:00
Eric Mefford UC Santa Barbara Superfluid-Insulator Transition from Holography 10:00 10:15
Maximiliano Isi Loyola Marymount University Testing GR with Continuous Gravitational Waves 10:15 10:30
Coffee/Snack Break in 2402A AP&M (30 minutes) 10:30 11:00

Session VI (Chair: Geoffrey Lovelace, CSU Fullerton)

Name Organization Talk Begin End Student
Rana Adhikari Caltech LIGO Overview 11:00 11:15
Leo Singer LIGO Lab / Caltech The First Two Years of Electromagnetic Follow-Up with Advanced LIGO and Virgo 11:15 11:30
Tjonnie Li Caltech Testing the strong-field dynamics of general relativity with the Advanced LIGO-Virgo network 11:30 11:45
Daniel Hemberger Caltech Detecting Near-Extremal Binary Black Holes 11:45 12:00
Stephen Privitera Caltech Searching for Gravitational Waves from the Coalescence of Two Spinning Solar Mass Black Holes 12:00 12:15
Lunch off-campus somewhere (2 hours) 12:15 2:15

Session VII (Chair: Mark Scheel, Caltech)

Name Organization Talk Begin End Student
Vladimir Dergachev LIGO Lab / Caltech Noise at low frequencies 2:15 2:30
Zach Korth Caltech Advanced LIGO: In the Bag 2:30 2:45
Evan Hall Caltech Cryogenic Silicon Reference Cavities for Precision Measurement 2:45 3:00
Brett Shapiro Stanford University Advanced LIGO Seismic Isolation and Control 3:00 3:15
Jonah Kanner Caltech Finding explosive transients with gravitational waves 3:15 3:30
John Moody UC San Diego Geodesic Finite Elements on Symmetric Spaces 3:30 3:45
Coffee/Snack Break in 2402A AP&M (30 minutes) 3:45 4:15

Session VIII (Chair: Alan Weinstein, Caltech)

Name Organization Talk Begin End Student
GGR Student Talk Award    (Winner: Netta Engelhardt) 4:15 4:20
Lee Lindblom Caltech Solving Einstein's Equation Numerically on Manifolds with Arbitrary Spatial Topologies 4:20 4:35
Manuel Tiglio University of Maryland & Caltech Fast parameter estimation through compressed likelihood evaluations 4:35 4:50
Bela Szilagyi Caltech Reaching from NumRel-land into PN territory 4:50 5:05
Chad Galley Caltech Surrogate models for numerical relativity waveforms 5:05 5:20
Mark Scheel Caltech Simulations of high-spin black-hole binaries 5:20 5:35

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