March 19, 2016

Astro-GR@Como 2008: All LISA sources



for all LISA sources (binaries of supermassive black holes, EMRIs and compact binaries). Organised by Pau Amaro-Seoane, Monica Colpi and Francesco Haardt.

The Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) promises to open a completely new window into the heart of the most energetic processes in the universe, with consequences fundamental to both physics and astrophysics. During its proposed five-year mission, LISA is expected to detect gravitational waves from the coalescence of massive black holes in galaxies at cosmological distances and from stellar-mass black holes and neutron stars as they plunge onto massive black holes in nearby galaxies.

Studying the gravitational waveforms will allow scientists to trace the cosmic growth of massive black holes in the evolving environment of galaxy formation, providing their census through accurate mass and spin determinations. Extreme mass-ratio events involving compact objects around massive black holes will allow us to test the cosmic censorship conjecture, the no–hair theorem and possible deviations from Einstein’s theory of gravity.

The workshop will focus on LISA’s role in

  1. Astrophysical modelling of GW sources: from supermassive binary black holes to extreme and intermediate–mass ratio inspirals
  2. Binary black holes and the cosmic assembly of galaxies
  3. Mass, spin and kick: the black hole cosmic census
  4. General Relativity


Tal Alexander, Pau Amaro-Seoane, Michele Armano, Stas Babak, Ingo Berentzen, Leor Barack, Enrico Barausse, Matthew Benacquista, Tamara Bogdanovic, Graziella Branduardi-Raymont, Silke Britzen, Simone Callegari, Massimo Cerdonio, Monica Colpi, Jim Dale, Melvyn Davies, Bernadetta Devecchi, Massimo Dotti, Jonathan Downing, Marc Freitag, Jonathan Gair, Francesco Haardt, Kelly Holley-Bockelmann, José Jaramillo, Oliver Jennrich, Philippe Jetzer, Antoine Klein, Nadia Kudryavtseva, Lucio Mayer, Miroslav Micic, Cole Miller, Kenneth Moody, Joachim Naef, Albino Perego, Ed Porter, Miguel Preto, Tahseen Rashid, Luciano Rezzolla, Ashley Ruiter, Ruben Salvaterra, Mauro Sereno, Bernard Schutz, Alberto Sesana, Carlos Sopuerta, Rainer Spurzem, Silvia Toonen, Alberto Vecchio, Stefano Vitale, Kinwah Wu


Pau Amaro-Seoane and Monica Colpi: “What is all this about? A Howto to the meeting” (slides)

Lucio Mayer: “Dynamics of MBHs in merging galaxies with gas; from large scale pairing to the formation of binaries” (slides)

Marc Freitag: “Stellar dynamics of dense stellar systems”

Massimo Dotti: “Massive black hole binaries in gaseous nuclear discs” (slides)

Tamara Bogdanovic: “Electromagnetic signatures of massive black hole binaries” (slides)

Ruben Salvaterra: “Electromagnetic counterparts to LISA events” (slides)

Bernadetta Devecchi: “X-ray tails from recoiling black holes in elliptical galaxies” (slides)

Stefano Vitale: “LISA and LISA Pathfinder” (no slides)

Alberto Vecchio: “LISA data analysis: progress and open issues” (slides)

Cole Miller: “Binary black holes” (slides)

Alberto Sesana: “Impact of seed BH properties and of gravitational recoil on MBHBs’ LISA detection” (slides)

Luciano Rezzolla: “Modelling the recoil and spin from a black hole binary merger” (slides)

Tal Alexander: “Star-MBH interactions and loss-cone refilling dynamics” (slides)

Jonathan Gair: “Zoom and Whirl – Extraction and Exploitation of EMRIs using LISA” (slides)

Rainer Spurzem: “PN dynamics of SMBH and GW generation in computer models of galactic nuclei” (slides)

Jim Dale: “Stellar Collisions in the Galactic centre” (slides)

Enrico Barausse: “Can we see an accretion torus with EMRIs?” (slides)

Kelly Holley-Bockelmann: “Bursting LISA sources from extreme mass ratio encounter” (slides)

Jonathan Downing: “Inspiral of white dwarfs in dense stellar systems” (slides)

Monica Colpi and Pau Amaro-Seoane: “Conclusions and prospects”