Discussion Meeting about agreements for LIGO-Virgo Event Follow-up Program

Tinbergen room (Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences)

Tinbergen room

Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences

Kloveniersburgwal 29 1011 JV Amsterdam The Netherlands
Eric Chassande-Mottin (Co-chair of the LVC EM MOU group), Gabriela González (LSC Spokesperson), Gijs Nelemans (Local organizer), Jean-Yves Vinet (Virgo Spokesperson), Paul Groot (Local organizer), Stephen Eikenberry (Co-chair of the LVC EM MOU group)
Devour thy Neighbor: An artist's illustration of two neutron stars close to merger look misshaped, becoming more oblong the closer they get to one another. A black hole is then formed and gamma rays shoot out as a GRB. (Credit: NASA/Swift)

The LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) and the Virgo Collaboration currently plan to start taking data in 2015, and we expect the sensitivity of the network to improve over time. Gravitational-wave transient candidates will be identified promptly upon acquisition of the data; we aim for distributing information with an initial latency of a few tens of minutes initially, possibly improving later. The LSC and the Virgo Collaboration (LVC) are now working to develop a program of accompanying electromagnetic observations. Early positional accuracies of the GW candidates will evolve in time, as described in arxiv.org:1304.0670. During early science runs before publication of the first four gravitational wave events, alerts will be available only through partnerships to be developed under this program (ref. LIGO-M1200055). Partners will be asked to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) involving an agreement on deliverables, publication policies, confidentiality, and reporting. After the publication of the first four gravitational wave events, the current LVC plan is to release alerts on all highly significant detection candidates promptly to the entire scientific community.

Open call for Letters of Interest

Participants should have received an invitation to this meeting - if you are not sure about having received one, please contact LSC-Spokesperson@ligo.org or virgo-spokesperson@ego-gw.it.

This meeting will take place at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW) (map, directions). Hotels can be booked through websites such as ebookers.com or hotels.com.

Link to the companion meeting in Chicago.


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  • Adam Zadrozny
  • Albert Lazzarini
  • Alexei Pozanenko
  • aniello grado
  • Arne Rau
  • Bernard Schutz
  • Boer Michel
  • Cadonati Laura
  • Champion David
  • Chiara Ferrari
  • Christopher Copperwheat
  • David Reitze
  • Don Pollacco
  • Dovi Poznanski
  • Eric Chassande-Mottin
  • Eugenio Coccia
  • Gabriela Gonzalez
  • Gijs Nelemans
  • Jason Hessels
  • Jean-Yves Vinet
  • Joeri van Leeuwen
  • Larry Price
  • M.Alessandra Papa
  • Marica Branchesi
  • Michitoshi Yoshida
  • Nial Tanvir
  • Nicholas Rattenbury
  • Nicolas Leroy
  • Nobuyuki Kawai
  • Oliver Jennrich
  • Paul Groot
  • Paul O'Brien
  • Peter Jonker
  • pia astone
  • Ralph Wijers
  • Samaya Nissanke
  • Sergio Ricciarini
  • Shri Kulkarni
  • Stephen Eikenberry
  • Stephen Fairhurst
  • Steven Bloemen
  • Tom Marsh
  • Ulrich Kolb
  • Vladimir Lipunov
  • Wilfried Domainko
    • 13:30 13:55
      Arrival; Registration and Welcome 25m
    • 13:55 14:00

      Paul Groot and Gijs Nelemans

    • 14:00 14:30
      Overview of Project and Meeting Goals

      Jean-Yves Vinet

    • 14:30 15:00
      Advanced Detector Era Overview

      Dave Reitze

    • 15:00 15:30
      Background and foreground in GW searches

      Maria Alessandra Papa / Pia Astone

    • 15:30 16:00
      Coffee Break 30m
    • 16:00 16:30
      GW event alerts

      Eric Chassande-Mottin

    • 16:30 18:00
      SHOTGUN SESSION: Presentation by the LOI submitters

      1 slide, 2-3 minutes each
      We will collect your slide (PDF format) at the begining of the meeting.

    • 18:00 18:05
      End of Day 1 5m
    • 09:00 09:30
      MoU Framework Presentation

      Stephen Eikenberry

    • 09:30 10:30
      Discussion of MOU issues

      Discussion Leaders: JY Vinet and Gabriela Gonzalez
      focus on MOU types (Independent vs. Coordinated), observation coordination, and information sharing (regarding GW triggers, observational data, etc.)

    • 10:30 10:50
      Coffee break 20m
    • 10:50 12:00
      Discussion of MOU issues (cont'd)

      focus on publication, authorship issues

    • 12:00 13:00
      Lunch (provided) 1h
    • 13:00 13:45
      Discussion of technical communication plans
    • 13:45 14:00
      Wrap-Up and Farewell
    • 14:00 14:05
      End of Meeting
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