LISA proposal submitted to ESA

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

On January 13, in response to the call of the European Space Agency (ESA) for L3 mission concepts, the LISA Mission consortium submitted the proposal for the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA).

A copy of the proposal is freely available for download here, and it was also posted to the arXiv. You can show your support for the LISA mission by signing up on this website.

Fulbright Fellowship to Professor Maurício Richartz

Monday, January 9, 2017

Professor Maurício Richartz (Centro de Matemática, Computação e Cognição, Universidade Federal do ABC, São Paulo, Brazil) was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to visit our group.

Professor Richartz will visit our department for about four months, two in the Spring 2017 (starting on January 24) and two in the Fall 2017. On February 7 he will give a colloquium for the Physics Department with title “Analogue Black Holes: Theory and Experiments”.

Congratulations and welcome to Oxford!

StronG BaD workshop (2/27/17-3/2/17)

Saturday, December 17, 2016

In the Spring of 2017 we will host an informal workshop on Strong Gravity and Binary Dynamics with Gravitational Wave Observations. The workshop is partially supported by Emanuele’s NSF grants and by the Strong Gravity and High Energy Physics Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) Action, funded by the EU Horizon 2020 program.

It will last four days and it will revolve around the following topics:

Day 1: Astrophysics of compact binary populations
Day 2: Spin measurements in compact binaries
Day 3: Strong-field tests of general relativity
Day 4: Signatures of modified gravity and exotic compact objects

More details (including a preliminary list of participants, travel and lodging information) are available on this website.

LIGO resumes search for gravitational waves

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

After a series of upgrades, the twin detectors of LIGO have turned back on and resumed their search for gravitational waves. LIGO transitioned from engineering test runs to science observations at 8 a.m. Pacific Standard Time on November 30. Read the official LIGO press release here.

American Physical Society Travel Grants

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Hector O. Silva was awarded an APS Student Travel Grant from the APS Division of Gravitational Physics to attend the “April” APS Meeting in January, and Caio Macedo was awarded a grant from the APS International Research Travel Award Program to visit the University of Mississippi.

Congratulations, Hector and Caio!