Gravitational Wave Astrophysics, Binary Supermassive Black Holes, and Galaxy Mergers
Lijiang, Yunnan, China    August 1-5, 2011
The conference will be held at the Old Town of Lijiang – a World Heritage site in Yunnan province, China, from August 1-5, 2011. The deadline for registration is May 31, 2011. The number of participants of the workshop will be limited to about 70. If the number of applications exceeds the maximum number, participants will be selected on a first come first serve basis.

  The workshop will cover the following themes:
1. The link of massive black hole binaries to the formation and evolution of galaxies.
2. The theory and numerical hydrodynamic simulations of massive black hole binaries in gas-rich galactic nuclei.
3. The theory and numerical computations on stellar dynamics of massive black hole binaries in galactic nuclei.
4. The astrophysics of massive black hole binaries.
5. The electromagnetic signatures of binary black holes and recoiling black holes.
6. SMBHB in AGNs and transient objects
7. Numerical simulations and post-Newtonian approximation techniques of the mergers of black hole binaries.
8. The detection and data analysis of gravitational waves.
9. Ground- and space-based gravitational wave detectors.
10. PTA programs
11. GW sources for ground- and space-based instrumentations and PTA

The Old Town of Lijiang in Yunnan Province, southwest China's Lijiang Naxi Autonomous County, also known as Old Town of Lijiang Dayan Town, was built in the late Song and early Yuan Dynasties (late 13th century). The ancient city located in the transition region of Yunnan and Tibetan Plateau with average altitude of about 2,400 meters above sea level makes full use of the Jade River, which in the downtown city is firstly divided into three rivers, then into nine, and finally into countless little canals, so that every avenue is at its own river side and each alley is surrounded by a canal. There are 354 bridges inside the old city, implying a density of about 93 bridges per square kilometer. The houses in Lijiang have both the mixed essence of Han, Bai, Yi, and Tibetan minorities and the unique style of Naxi minority and are an important history legacy for studying both the Chinese architectural and cultural histories.

The meeting will be opened by an historical review on black holes by Roy Kerr, and then be followed by a number of invited review talks, and contributed talks.

Invited review speakers:

Pau Amaro-Seoane (Albert Einstein Institute, Germany)
Jinming Bai (Yunnan Astronomical Observatory, China)
John Baker (NASA, USA)
Gabriela Canalizo (University California at Riverside, USA)
Joan M. Centrella (NASA, USA)
Monica Colpi (University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy)
Friedrick Jenet (University of Texas at Brownsville, USA)
George Hobbs (CSIRO, Australia)
Kelly Holley-Bockelmann (Vanderbilt University, USA)
Roy Patrick Kerr (University of Canterbury, New Zealand)
Stefanie Komossa (Technical University of Munich, Germany)
Fukun Liu (Peking University, China)
Lucio Mayer (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
Dave Sanders (University of Hawaii, USA)
Bernard F. Schutz (Albert Einstein Institute, Germany)
Alberto Sesana (Albert Einstein Institute, Germany)
Hideyuki Tagoshi (Osaka University, Japan)
Marianne Vestergaard (Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
Jianyan Wei (National Astronomical Observatory, China)
Xue-Bing Wu (Peking University, China)
Yongheng Zhao (National Astronomical Observatory, China)
Shu Zhang (Institute of High Energy Physics, China)
Ming Zhu (National Astronomical Observatory, China)

Last update: 30 August 2011

Scientific Organizing Committee

B. Brügmann (Germany)
J. Centrella (USA, co-chair)
M. Colpi (Italy)
R. Ekers (Australia)
S. Komossa (Germany, co-chair)
K. Kuroda (Japan)
F.K. Liu (China,Chair)
D. Manchester (Australia)
R. Misra (India)
B. Schutz (Germany)
R. Spurzem (China/Germany, co-chair)
X.-B. Wu (China)

Local Organizing Committee

Jinming Bai (YNAO)
Xian Chen (KIAA-PKU)
Stefanie Komossa (TUM)
Shuo Li (PKU)
Fukun Liu (PKU, Chair)
Youjun Lu (NAOC)
Rainer Spurzem (NAOC)
Xue-Bing Wu (PKU)
Jie Yao (PKU)


Peking University,
Yunnan Astronomical Observatory,
National Astronomical Observatory of China,
National Natural Science Foundation of China,
Beijing Astronomical Society,
National 973 Fundamental Research Program "The Formation and Evolution of Cosmic Large Scale Structures and Galaxies"