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The COST Action CA16104 Gravitational waves, black holes and fundamental physics (GWverse) was officially started on April 7, 2017. This Action will link 3 scientific communities that are currently largely disjoint: one specialising in GW detection and analysis, another in BH modelling (in both astrophysical and GR contexts), and a third in strong-gravity tests of fundamental physics, to form a single, interdisciplinary network, facilitating a common language and a framework to discuss, interact and learn from one another. The Action will train the next generation of leaders in the field and the very first "native" GW/multi-messenger astronomers.

Main topics include:

WG1: Astrophysics 

(Samaya Nissanke, Radboud University, The Netherlands)

Black holes are amongst the most fundamental and the most extreme gravity objects that we know of in the Universe. However, the lifecycle of black holes the Universe remain amongst one of the big mysteries in our understanding of the cosmos.

WG2: Source Modelling 

(Leor Barack, Southampton University, UK)

The remit of WG2 is broadly defined as the modelling of physical systems involving black holes within General Relativity. 

WG3: Black holes and fundamental physics 

(Thomas Sotiriou, School of Mathematical Sciences & School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nottingham)

New fields, new interactions or any departure from the textbook description of gravity or particle physics might very well make their first appearance in the strong gravity regime. The main goal of WG3 is to create links between fundamental physics and black holes observations, in search of new physics.



Last Updated: 11 August 2017

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