Primordial Gravitational Waves

Programme information:

  • The meeting will begin on Tuesday 25th August and end formally on Friday afternoon 28th August 2009. However, opportunities for further discussions and collaboration will be available at other times and speakers and participants are welcome to arrive early or stay on.

  • Registration will begin at 11am, Tuesday 25th August. Coffee and refreshments are available in the CMS central core from 9:30am every morning until 4pm.

  • All sessions will be held in the large Wolfson Lecture theatre (MR2) in the Centre for Mathematical Sciences with lunch and coffee provided in the central core for invited speakers and registered participants. For informal participants, lunch and refreshments are available for purchase in the central core cafeteria.

  • A provisional programme of speakers and titles is given below. Other participants are encouraged to take full advantage of the poster sessions during the breaks.

Tuesday 25th August

11:00

MORNING COFFEE/REGISTRATION

Central core

12:30

LUNCH/DISCUSSIONS

Central core

14:00

Stephen Hawking (Cambridge)

Welcome - Introductory remarks (TXT)

14:15

Craig Hogan (U. Chicago/Fermilab)

OVERVIEW - and - Holographic noise in interferometers (PDF, MOV - large file!)

15:15

Bruce Allen (AEI, Hannover)

Stochastic background detection - progress and prospects (PDF, MOV)

16:00

AFTERNOON TEA

Central core

16:30

Alexei Starobinsky (Landau Inst.)

Gravitational waves from inflation: more and less optimistic expectations (PDF)

17:15

Daniel Baumann (Harvard)

Thoughts on the B-mode Amplitude (PDF, MOV)

18:00

FINISH

 

18:30

DINNER - Speaker is Slava Mukhanov

Central core

Wednesday 26th August

9:30

Qaiser Shafi (Bartol)

Inflationary cosmology & particle physics models (PDF)

10:15

George Efstathiou (IOA, Cambridge)

Prospects for testing inflation with Planck (PDF, MOV - large file!)

11:00

MORNING COFFEE

Central core

11:30

Alexander Westphal (Stanford)

Gravitational waves and stringy inflation (PDF, MOV)

12:15

Cliff Burgess (Perimeter/McMaster)

String theory cosmology & primordial gravitational waves (PDF, MOV)

13:00

LUNCH/DISCUSSIONS

Central core

14:30

Paul Steinhardt (Princeton)

Progress in inflationary and bouncing cosmologies (PDF, MOV)

15:15

Andrew Jaffe (Imperial)

Current status of CMB B-mode experiments (PDF, MOV)

16:00

AFTERNOON TEA

Central core

16:30

Nemanja Kaloper (California, Davis)

A Natural Framework for Chaotic Inflation (PDF, MOV)

17:15

PANEL DISCUSSION: Fernando Quevedo (moderator), Nemanja Kaloper, David Lyth, Alexei Starobinsky, Paul Steinhardt

How generic are observable gravitational waves from inflation?
Inflation models and the tensor fraction (David Lyth, PDF)

18:00

FINISH

 

Thursday 27th August

9:30

David Wands (Portsmouth)

Gravitational waves from primordial density perturbations (PDF, MOV)

10:15

Scott Dodelson (Fermilab/Chicago)

Gravitational Waves on the Horizon (PDF, MOV)

11:00

MORNING COFFEE

Central core

11:30

Juan Garcia-Bellido (IFT, Madrid)

Primordial gravitational waves from preheating and global phase transitions after inflation (PDF, MOV)

12:15

Michael Cruise (Birmingham)

Millihertz and gigahertz detectors for primordial gravitational waves (PDF, MOV)

13:00

LUNCH/DISCUSSIONS

Central core

14:30

Richard Battye (Manchester)

Gravitational waves from cosmic strings (PDF)

15:15

Xavier Siemens (Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

Gravitational waves from cosmological sources (PDF, MOV)

16:00

AFTERNOON TEA

Central core

16:30

B. Sathyaprakash (Cardiff)

Deepak Baskaran (Cardiff)

Fundamental Physics and Cosmology with Gravitational Wave Interferometric Detectors (PDF, MOV)
Stable indications of relic gravitational waves in Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe data and forecasts for Planck mission (PDF, MOV)

17:15

Richard Easther (Yale)

Gravitational waves from the end of inflation (PDF, MOV)

Friday 28th August

9:30

Andrea Possenti (INAF, Italy)

Primordial gravitational wave detection: the role of pulsar timing arrays (PDF, MOV)

10:15

Ruth Durrer (Geneva)

Gravitational waves from the electroweak phase transition (PDF)

11:00

MORNING COFFEE

Central core

11:30

Neil Cornish (Montana)

Direct detection of primordial gravitational waves (PDF, MOV)

12:15

Slava Mukhanov (Munich)

PGWs workshop summary

13:00

LUNCH/DISCUSSIONS

Central core

 

FINISH

PGW09 participants. Close up photo, courtesy of

Workshop posters

There will be poster boards readily available in the CMS Central Core if workshop participants wish to present their work on primordial gravitational waves. There will be ample time during the poster sessions and lunch breaks for conference participants to view posters.