PCGM 31 Scientific Program

All talks will take place in Jaqua Academic Center, auditorium J101, on the University of Oregon campus. For directions to the Jaqua Academic Center on the Oregon campus, navigate over to the maps on the Practical Information page.)

There will be a special lecture given by Kip Thorne at 7pm on March 13; details may be found here here. There will also be a wine and cheese reception at 6pm before the lecture.

Each speaker during the daily sessions 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, water, and light snacks (primarily bagels) will be available before the morning sessions starting at 8am, and during the morning and afternoon coffee breaks.

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

Friday, March 13, 2015   

Session I (Chair: Jim Isenberg)

Name Organization Talk Begin End Student
Registration (and emergency coffee for those in need) 8:15 8:50
Jim Isenberg University of Oregon Welcome and Announcements 8:50 9:00
Kiwamu Izumi LIGO Hanford Observatory Current status of advanced LIGO 9:00 9:20
Dipongkar Talukder University of Oregon Searches for gravitational waves associated with gamma-ray bursts 9:20 9:40
Rui Xu Indiana University, Bloomington Corrections to Nonrelativistic Gravity from Lorentz Violation 9:40 10:00
Coffee/Snack Break (30 minutes) 10:00 10:30

Session II (Chair: Steven Carlip)

Name Organization Talk Begin End Student
Casey Handmer California Institute of Technology Spectral Cauchy Characteristic Extraction - Gauge free news in SpEC 10:30 10:50
Jonathan Blackman California Institute of Technology Surrogate models of gravitational waveforms from numerical relativity simulations of binary black holes 10:50 11:10
Maria Okounkova California Institute of Technology Numerical Tests of the Cosmic Censorship Conjecture via Event-Horizon Finding 11:10 11:30
Zachary Mark California Institute of Technology Quasinormal modes of weakly charged Kerr-Newman spacetimes 11:30 11:50
Lunch (1 hour, 50 min) 11:50 1:40

Session III (Chair: Beverly Berger)

Name Organization Talk Begin End Student
Jonas Mureika Loyola Marymount University Black Hole Thermodynamics in a Generalized Uncertainty Principle Spacetime 1:40 2:00
Matthew Giesler California Institute of Technology Simulations of nearly extremal binary black holes 2:00 2:20
Geoffrey Lovelace California State University, Fulllerton Nearly extremal apparent horizons in simulations of merging black holes 2:20 2:40
Spencer Chang University of Oregon CMB signals of pre-inflationary bubble collisions 2:40 3:00
Coffee/Snack Break (20 minutes) 3:00 3:20

Session IV (Chair: Ray Frey)

Name Organization Talk Begin End Student
Adam Layne University of Oregon Instability of certain T^2-symmetric cosmological solutions with magnetic field 3:20 3:40
James Dilts University of Oregon The Conformal Constraint Equations on Asymptotically Euclidean Manifolds 3:40 4:00
Ryan Quitzow-James University Of Oregon Search Strategy for Gravitational Waves Associated with Magnetar Bursts during LIGO's Sixth Science Run 4:00 4:20
Sudarshan Karki University of Oregon Absolute calibration of second-generation gravitational wave detectors using photon radiation pressure 4:20 4:40
Kevin Croker University of Hawai`i at Manoa ngravs: Distinct gravitational interactions in GADGET-2 4:40 5:00

Special Lecture (Chair: Jim Isenberg)

Wine and Cheese Reception 5:15 6:15
Kip Thorne California Institute of Technology A Physicist in Hollywood: Interstellar in the Centennial Year of Einstein’s General Relativity 7:00 8:00

Saturday, March 14, 2015   

Session V (Chair: Paul Allen)

Name Organization Talk Begin End Student
Registration (and emergency coffee for those in need) 9:00 9:10
Robert Littlejohn University of California Berkeley Symplectic Aspects of the Schla"fli Identity 9:10 9:30
Eugene Kur University of California, Berkeley Noether Currents, Boundary Terms, and Multisymplectic Geometry 9:30 9:50
Michael Ross Humboldt State University Experimental Progress on Test of Gravity at 20 Microns with a Parallel-Plate Torsion Pendulum 9:50 10:10
Coffee/Snack Break (20 minutes) 10:10 10:30

Session VI (Chair: Geoffrey Lovelace)

Name Organization Talk Begin End Student
Tevian Dray Oregon State University The Geometry of Relativity 10:30 10:50
Gabriel Herczeg University of California, Davis CPT horizons and chronology protection in shape dynamics 10:50 11:10
Joseph Mitchell University of California, Davis Where are the BTZ Black Hole Degrees of Freedom? 11:10 11:30
Charlie Hagedorn University of Washington / Center for Experimental Nuclear Sub-millimeter Parallel-Plate Test of the Gravitational Inverse-Square Law 11:30 11:50
Meg Millhouse Montana State University Detecting and characterizing binary black hole mergers without waveform templates 11:50 12:10
Nader Inan UC Merced The interaction of gravitational waves with superconductors 12:10 12:30
Lunch (1 hour, 40 min) 12:30 2:10

Session VII (Chair: Tevian Dray)

Name Organization Talk Begin End Student
GGR Student Talk Award    (Winner: TBA) 2:10 2:20
Steven Carlip University of California, Davis Four-dimensional entropy from three-dimensional gravity 2:20 2:40
Bill Engels California Institute of Technology Core-collapse Gravitational Wave Prediction with Multivariate Regression 2:40 3:00
Daniel Hemberger California Institute of Technology SXS Catalog of Gravitational Waveforms 3:00 3:20
Beverly Berger NSF (retired) Comments on expanding T2 symmetric cosmological spacetimes 3:20 3:40
Paul Allen Lewis & Clark College The shear-free condition and the regularity of hyperboloidal initial data at future null infinity 3:40 4:00
Naomi Gendler Reed College A Parameter Estimation Pipeline for aLIGO 4:00 4:20

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