Physics 585 – Testing Gravity – Autumn 2016
Coordinator/instructor: Charlie Hagedorn ( cah49@uw.edu )
"Of these four forces, there’s one we don’t really understand." "Is it the weak force or the strong" "It’s gravity." – Randall Munroe, XKCD 1489.
Description:
A gravitythemed journalclub course that explores experimental tests of gravity, the search for gravitational waves, and the wide interface between gravity and astrophysics. Participants will select and present papers of timely or historical interest.
Time/Location:
Wednesdays, 2 pm. CENPA (North Physics Lab) conference room, Room 178. It’s directly inside the front entrance.
Credit:
This is an ungraded course for one credit. Students attending for credit will be required to present one paper and turn in one written question per week prior to each week’s discussion.
Schedule, Possible Papers:
The schedule below is approximate and updated frequently. Each week’s presenter may choose a paper from the suggestions below or select a related paper. If you’d like to present for a particular week, or if there’s a paper you’d like to see added, please email Charlie.
Presenters should email out their paper selection by Friday afternoon on the week preceding the class meeting.

Week 1 (Sept. 28): Introduction: Equivalence Principle  Charlie Hagedorn

Week 2 (Oct. 5): Gravitational Waves at LIGO: GW150914 and GW151226  Ting Lin

Week 3 (Oct. 12): Numerical Relativity  John Lee
Rainer Weiss LIGO public talk October 25

Week 4 (Oct. 19): Gravitationalwave sources (I)

Week 5 (Oct. 26): Gravitationalwave sources (II)  Kerkira Stockton

Discrete GW events:

Stochastic GWs:

Week 6 (Nov. 2): Spacebased gravitational wave detection

NanoGrav Pulsar Timing

LISA

Week 7 (Nov. 9): Precision Tests of GR (I)  Krishna Venkateswara

Week 8 (Nov. 16): Precision Tests of GR (II)  Diana Parno

Week 9 (Nov. 30): Gravity and Astrophysics

Week 10 (Dec. 7): Gravity and particle physics