Fundamental Physics Meets Waveforms With LISA, September 2-6, 2024

With the recent adoption of the LISA mission by the European Space Agency, we have entered a new exciting phase. Now, more than ever, there is a need to prepare the theoretical and data-analysis tools that will allow us to fully exploit LISA’s capabilities, and probe strong gravity and fundamental physics in unprecedented ways.

With that in mind, we are pleased to announce an in-person meeting of the Fundamental Physics and Waveform Working Groups of the LISA Consortium. The workshop is hosted by the “Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity” division at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) in Potsdam, Germany.

The first two days of the meeting, September 2-3, will be dedicated to talks and discussions on ongoing and possible future projects carried out within the Fundamental Physics Working Group. The focus will be on identifying the theoretical developments and the data-analysis tools needed to perform strong-field tests of General Relativity with LISA.

The third day of the meeting, September 4, is organized jointly by the Fundamental Physics and Waveform Working Groups and aims at brainstorming on common needs and goals since waveforms are the “bread and butter” for extracting information about the nature of black holes, their environment, and gravity.

The final two days of the meeting, September 5-6, will be dedicated solely to the Waveform Working Group. The objective is to identify significant waveform developments for various gravitational-wave sources, necessary for LISA data validation and science exploitation.

The workshop is limited to 70 participants on any given day, except Wednesday, where we aim at 140 participants. Register now!

Scientific organizing committee
Leor Barack, Enrico Barausse, Richard Brito, Anna Heffernan, Philippe Jetzer, Elisa Maggio, Harald Pfeiffer, Deirdre Shoemaker, Maarten van de Meent, Niels Warburton, Helvi Witek

Local organizing committee
Alessandra Buonanno, Benjamin Leather, Elisa Maggio, Harald Pfeiffer, Lorenzo Pompili, Miguel Zumalacarregui

Illustration and design
Ana Carvalho

Web development
Marco Gajardo, Jan Scharein

Administrative support
Brit Holland, Elke Müller