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LISA Canada Workshop

Canada/Pacific
Zoom

Zoom

Daryl Haggard (McGill University) , David Morrissey (TRIUMF) , Djuna Croon (TRIUMF) , Huan Yang (Uniersity of Guelph) , Jess McIver (UBC) , John Ruan (Bishop's University) , Pasquale Bosso (U Lethbridge) , Saeed Rastgoo (York University) , Saurya Das (University of Lethbridge) , Scott Oser (UBC) , William East (Perimeter Institute)
Description

The Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) mission is a space-based gravitational wave interferometer planned for launch in 2032. It promises major advances across a wide range of fields in physics and astronomy. Canadian researchers in particle physics, astronomy, gravity, instrumentation, spacecraft, computing, and other related fields are well poised to play an important role. With an expected mission launch a bit more than ten years away, now is a key time to develop the methods and infrastructure needed to fully unlock LISA’s scientific potential and train the next generation of LISA researchers.

This workshop will introduce attendees to the LISA mission and science goals, feature speakers from leading roles within the LISA Consortium and ESA, and highlight collaboration opportunities with Canadians contributing to LISA science. The workshop is particularly geared for researchers who may be interested in getting involved with LISA and would like to learn more about the mission and available opportunities. No previous experience with gravitational wave astronomy is assumed. More details about the LISA Consortium can be found here.

Confirmed speakers include John Baker, Robert Caldwell, Nelson Christensen, Martin Gehler,  Martin Hendry, Martin Hewitson, Thomas Hertog, Kelly Holley-Bockelmann, Nikolauos Karnesis, Shane Larson, Germano Nardini, Antoine Petiteau, Harald Pfeiffer, Sweta Shah, and Bill Weber.

All are welcome to attend - this workshop is intended to be accessible to researchers at every career level. Please register before April 26 to receive connection details. (The registration deadline is now passed.)  There is no fee for registration.

Note: all times in the schedule are listed in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)!
PDT = EDT - 3 = CEST - 9 

Participants
  • A. Miguel Holgado
  • AA Arif Babul
  • Aaron Tohuvavohu
  • Aayush Gautam
  • Adam Ritz
  • Ailsa Campbell
  • Akash Patel
  • Akira Konaka
  • Alan Knee
  • Alberto Roper Pol
  • Alessandro Parisi
  • Alexander Saffer
  • Alexandr Volvach
  • Alexandra Brosius
  • Alireza Allahyari
  • Allison Man
  • Aman Agarwal
  • Amandeep Deora
  • Amedeo Romagnolo
  • Ameek Malhotra
  • Amirmohammad Chegeni
  • Ana Caramete
  • Anan Lu
  • Andrei-Ieronim Constantinescu
  • Andrew Miller
  • Andry Rakotozafindrabe
  • Anish Ghoshal
  • Anna Heffernan
  • Ansh Bhatnagar
  • Antoine Petiteau
  • Anuradha Gupta
  • Areeba Merriam
  • Arefe Abghari
  • Arwa Elhashash
  • Ashok Choudhary
  • Ava Stockman
  • Avadhut Deshmane
  • Ayan Kumar Ghosh
  • Benoit Laurent
  • Beyhan Karakaş
  • Bhawandeep Uppal
  • Blair Jamieson
  • Bogar Díaz Jiménez
  • Briget Hamilton
  • Carla Babcock
  • Carlo Contaldi
  • Celso B. Oliveira Junior
  • Chang Liu
  • Charalampos Markakis
  • Cheriyan Homey
  • Chinmay Gandevikar
  • Chris Benson
  • Christine Ye
  • Christos Mermigkas
  • Citlali Espinoza
  • Cristina Fernández
  • Daryl Haggard
  • David Hobill
  • David Morrissey
  • David Naylor
  • David Neilsen
  • David Shoemaker
  • Davide Racco
  • Deanna C. Hooper
  • Deep Gajera
  • Deirdre Shoemaker
  • Delphine Porquet
  • Denis Laurin
  • Denis Leahy
  • Deyan Mihaylov
  • Dhruba Jyoti Gogoi
  • Diego Pinto
  • Djuna Croon
  • Don V Black, PhD
  • Douglas Scott
  • Eissa Al-Nasrallah
  • Eitan Buffaz
  • Elham Nazari
  • Elias Vagenas
  • Emanuele Berti
  • Emma Barbisan
  • Enrique Mier
  • Eric Hirschmann
  • Erick Dupuis
  • Erik Weiss
  • Evan Goetz
  • Faisal Javed
  • Fay Borhani
  • Fizza Farooq
  • Frederic Grandmont
  • Gabriel Gómez
  • Gary LaMotte
  • George Robinson
  • Georgios Antoniou
  • Germano Nardini
  • Gláuber Dorsch
  • Guillaume Dideron
  • Hafiza Rizwana Kausar
  • Hai-Bo Yu
  • Hamideh Hosseini
  • Harald Pfeiffer
  • Heather Fong
  • Helvi Witek
  • Hope Boyce
  • Hsiang-Yu Huang
  • Huan Yang
  • Iara Ota
  • Ilsang Yoon
  • Indranil Chakraborty
  • Ingrid Stairs
  • Ioana Dutan
  • Ishmael Takyi
  • Ivan Booth
  • Jack Sankey (Childress)
  • Jaeden Bardati
  • jam sadiq
  • Jean Dupuis
  • Jeremy Heyl
  • Jeremy Scott
  • Jess McIver
  • Joey Shapiro Key
  • John Baker
  • John Ruan
  • Jonathan Barrett
  • Jonathan Thornburg
  • Jose Agustín Lozano Torres
  • Joseph Martino
  • Josh Gage
  • José Carlos Olvera
  • José Pedro Mimoso
  • Julie Claveau
  • Julie Claveau
  • Juna Kollmeier
  • Jungjoon Leo Kim
  • Jéferson André Sales Fortunato
  • Kabir Chakravarti
  • Katie Rink
  • Kelly Holley-Bockelmann
  • Kevin Kieswetter
  • Kipp Cannon
  • Kiran Kalyankar
  • Kristen Dage
  • Kushal Khatiwada
  • Lakshminarayanan Ramesh
  • Laura Chajet
  • Laura Sagunski
  • Laura Sberna
  • Laurent Freidel
  • Laurentiu Caramete
  • Lazaros Souvaitzis
  • Leanne Durkan
  • Levon Pogosian
  • Linda Mondin
  • Locke Spencer
  • Lorenzo Sala
  • Luciano Combi
  • Luigi Ferraioli
  • Luigi Gallo
  • luis lehner
  • Luís Felipe Longo Micchi
  • Mahdi Bagheri
  • Manu Paranjape
  • Manuel Arca Sedda
  • Marc Besancon
  • Marco Maceda
  • Maria Georgousi
  • Mariano Dominugez
  • Mark Hartz
  • Martin Gehler
  • Martin Hendry
  • Martin Hewitson
  • Matej Pavin
  • Matthias Danninger
  • Maxence Corman
  • Michael Imseis
  • Michael Mueller
  • Michael Tremmel
  • Michele Vallisneri
  • Mina Abbaslou
  • Miriam Cabero
  • Mitja Fridman
  • Nan Jiang
  • Navin McGinnis
  • Nayyer Raza
  • Nazım ÇABUK
  • Nelson Christensen
  • Nianyi Chen
  • Nicholas Vieira
  • Nicola Menadeo
  • Nicolas Yunes
  • Nicoleta Dinu-Jaeger
  • Niels Warburton
  • Nikolaos Karnesis
  • Nils Siemonsen
  • NITESH KUMAR
  • Nora Luetzgendorf
  • Paarmita Pandey
  • Panagiotis Iosif
  • Paritosh Verma
  • Parvaneh Sadeghi
  • Pasquale Bosso
  • Patrick O'Neill
  • Paul McNamara
  • Pawel Mazur
  • Percy Cáceres
  • Philippe Jetzer
  • pooyan goodarzi
  • Pranav Satheesh
  • Prem Prakash
  • Rafael Nunes
  • Rafia Sarwar
  • Rahime Matur
  • RAJESH KUMAR DUBEY
  • Ramit Dey
  • Reed Essick
  • Richard Bloch
  • Richard Garnett
  • Ritesh Bachhar
  • Robert Caldwell
  • Robin Wen
  • Rui Xu
  • Rémy KOSKAS
  • Saeed Rastgoo
  • Sahil Ugale
  • Salvatore Vultaggio
  • Samar Safi-Harb
  • Sandrine Ferrans
  • Sanved Kolekar
  • Sara Motalebi
  • Sarah Gallagher
  • Sarah Rourke
  • Saurya Das
  • Scott Noble
  • Scott Oser
  • Scott Shaw
  • Senem ÇABUK
  • Serge Charlebois
  • Shafeeq Rahman Thottoli
  • Shailesh Kumar
  • Shane Larson
  • Shelly .
  • Shichao Wu
  • Shiming Gu
  • shirin Shaterzadeh Yazdi
  • Shivam Garg
  • Shu Yan Lau
  • SHUBHAM BHARDWAJ
  • Siddhant Siddhant
  • silvia zane
  • Sobhan Kazempour Ishka
  • Sohyun Park
  • Srija Chakraborty
  • Srivishnu S
  • Stanley Yen
  • Stefan Arridge
  • Stella Fragkouli
  • steve liebling
  • Subhadeep Bej
  • Subhodeep Sarkar
  • Sudip Bhattacharyya
  • Sundar Dhara
  • Suvodip Mukherjee
  • Sweta Shah
  • T.S.Sachin Venkatesh
  • Taillte May
  • Tasha Richardson
  • Thomas Abbott
  • Thomas Brunner
  • Thomas Hertog
  • Thomas Lindner
  • Théophile Bégin
  • Tom Wagg
  • Tousif Islam
  • TRIPURARI SRIVASTAVA
  • Tyrone Woods
  • Umama Rizwan
  • Utku Can Bulut
  • Uwe Lammers
  • Vahid Toomani
  • Valerio Faraoni
  • Vanitha Mysore Krishna
  • Vasil Todorinov
  • Veronica Vazquez-Aceves
  • Victor Huarcaya
  • Vida Saeedzadeh
  • Vincent Gousy-Leblanc
  • Vincent Henault-Brunet
  • Vivek Pathak
  • Wei-Xiang Feng
  • William East
  • William Joseph Weber
  • Xinyu Li
  • Yanou Cui
  • Yi Qiu
  • Yilber Fabian Bautista
  • Yilber Fabian Chivata
  • YOGESH CHAVAN
  • Yong Tang
  • Yue Zhang
  • Zachary Podrebersek
  • Zakaria BELKHADRIA
  • Zhen Pan
  • Zhengwen Liu
    • 07:45 08:00
      Welcome
      • 07:45
        Welcome 15m
        Speaker: Prof. Jess McIver (UBC)
        Slides
    • 08:00 08:45
      LISA Science Overview
      • 08:00
        LISA Science Overview 45m
        LISA is a joint ESA/NASA mission that will provide the first view of the milliHertz gravitational wave sky, a region of the gravitational wave spectrum that is known to be rich with astrophysical sources. LISA is poised to fundamentally change what we understand about massive black hole birth, growth, and co-evolution, binary stellar evolution, cosmology, gravity, and the list goes on. There’s just not enough time in 35 minutes to cover *all* of LISA's enormous discovery space, but we’ll touch on some of the highlights. Chair: Daryl Haggard (McGill U) Co-Chair: Scott Oser (UBC)
        Speaker: Kelly Holley-Bockelmann (Vanderbilt U)
        Slides
    • 08:45 09:30
      LISA Detector Overview

      In this talk we address the measurement concept and the main experimental challenges for creating LISA, the first orbiting gravitational wave observatory, focusing on the the mHz frequency band that is only accessible from space. The task of using laser interferometry to measure the gravitational wave tidal deformation of a constellation of free-falling test masses is discussed, both in the context of heritage from the single-spacecraft LISA Pathfinder ``Einstein geodesic explorer" mission and for the unique remaining challenges to be met by the full 3-spacecraft LISA observatory.

      • 08:45
        LISA Detector Overview 45m
        In this talk we address the measurement concept and the main experimental challenges for creating LISA, the first orbiting gravitational wave observatory, focusing on the the mHz frequency band that is only accessible from space. The task of using laser interferometry to measure the gravitational wave tidal deformation of a constellation of free-falling test masses is discussed, both in the context of heritage from the single-spacecraft LISA Pathfinder ``Einstein geodesic explorer" mission and for the unique remaining challenges to be met by the full 3-spacecraft LISA observatory. Chair: Daryl Haggard (McGill U) Co-Chair: Scott Oser (UBC)
        Speakers: Linda Mondin (ESA) , William Joseph Weber (University of Trento)
        Slides
    • 09:30 09:35
      Break 5m
    • 09:35 10:00
      Panel: LISA in Canada
      • 09:35
        Panel: LISA in Canada 25m
        In this panel discussion, Nora Lützgendorf (ESA) and Martin Hewitson (AEI MPG) will be joined by Jess McIver (UBC), John Ruan (Bishop's U), and Huan Yang (U Guelph/Perimeter) as panelist to discuss paths for Canadian involvement in LISA, and exciting ways LISA science intersects with other physics and astro interests in Canada. Moderator: Daryl Haggard (McGill U) Chair: Will East (Perimeter) Co-Chair: Saurya Das (U Lethbridge)
        Speakers: Dr Huan Yang (Uniersity of Guelph) , Prof. Jess McIver (UBC) , Prof. John Ruan (Bishop's University) , Dr Martin Hewitson (AEI MPG) , Dr Nora Lützgendorf (ESA/STScI)
    • 10:00 10:30
      Astrophysics Working Group
      • 10:00
        Astrophysics Working Group 30m
        We'll introduce the idea of the Working Group structure in the LISA Consortium, and discuss our activities, and ways that we try to build opportunities for the LISA community to collaborate and work together. I'll try to make my comments brief, and would like to leave as much time as possible for discussion and questions. Chair: Will East (Perimeter) Co-Chair: Saurya Das (U Lethbridge)
        Speaker: Shane Larson (Northwestern U)
        Slides
    • 10:30 11:00
      Cosmology Working Group
      • 10:30
        Cosmology Working Group 30m
        The goal of the LISA Cosmology Working Group is to support and extend LISA cosmological science; to facilitate investigations of cosmological models that can be tested by LISA, and to develop methods of analysis to reveal or constrain these models. The main activities of the working group, to date, have been to organize projects and to hold workshops. Several of these investigation or methods projects have been adopted by the LISA Science Group as work packages, as “official LISA science”. A current project is a research white paper summarizing the state of the art in LISA cosmology. In this brief presentation, we will give an overview of the activities and science of the cosmology working group. Chair: Will East (Perimeter) Co-Chair: Saurya Das (U Lethbridge)
        Speakers: Germano Nardini (Stavanger U) , Robert Caldwell (Dartmouth U)
        Slides
    • 08:00 08:30
      Data Processing Working Group
      • 08:00
        Data Processing Working Group 30m
        The LISA Data Processing Group (LDPG) is in charge of the Science Ground Segment (SGS) contribution from the LISA Consortium. It is conducting a number of short and long term activities: Distributed Data Processing Center definition and organisation, data analysis logic, prototyping, collaborative tools, Initial Noise Reduction Pipeline and Simulation. In this talk, we will first present the scope of the LDPG and an overview of its activities. Then we will discuss possible contributions to the LISA SGS for new participants. Chair: Huan Yang (U Guelph/Perimeter) Co-Chair: David Morrissey
        Speakers: Antoine Petiteau (APC Paris) , John Baker (NASA Goddard)
        Slides
    • 08:30 09:00
      Data Challenge Working Group
      • 08:30
        Data Challenge Working Group 30m
        In this talk, I will give an overview of the new LISA Data Challenges Group. The role of the group within the LISA Consortium, and its importance for the mission are going to be presented. At the same time, the current status and future planning, as well as a few highlights from the past, are going to be discussed. Chair: Huan Yang (U Guelph/Perimeter) Co-Chair: David Morrissey (TRIUMF)
        Speaker: Nikolaos Karnesis (APC Paris/Aristotle U of Thessaloniki,)
        Slides
    • 09:00 09:25
      Highlights of Canadian Research Related to LISA
      • 09:00
        Highlights of Canadian research relevant to LISA - Parallel A 25m
        Miriam Cabero Müller (UBC): GWSkyNet for multi-messenger astronomy; Kristen Dage (McGill U): The hunt for ultra-compact X-ray binaries in extragalactic globular clusters: lessons for LISA; Evan Goetz (UBC): Applying LIGO-Virgo continuous gravitational wave analysis methods to LISA data; Laura Sberna: Matter and third body effects in LISA binaries; Nicholas Viera (McGill U): Canadian Multi-messenger Astronomy: a CFHT + GW190814 Case Study Chair: John Ruan (Bishop's U) Co-Chair: Jess McIver (UBC)
        Speakers: Evan Goetz (UBC) , Kristen Dage (McGill U) , Laura Sberna (AEI MPG) , Miriam Cabero Müller (UBC) , Nicholas Viera (McGill U)
      • 09:00
        Highlights of Canadian research relevant to LISA - Parallel B 25m
        Maxence Corman (Perimeter): Constraining higher dimensions with MBHB merger events; Anna Heffernan (AEI MPG/Guelph): Regularised self-force towards EMRIs; Zhen Pan (Perimeter): EMRI formation in active galactic nuclei; David Racco (Perimeter/Stanford): Cosmological GW backgrounds: from PBH to phase transitions; Vasil Todorinov (U Lethbridge): Quantum Gravity effects on Gravity Wave detection Chair: Huan Yang (U Guelph/Perimeter) Co-Chair: Saeed Rastgoo (York U)
        Speakers: Anna Heffernan (U Guelph/U C Dublin) , Davide Racco (Perimeter/Stanford) , Maxence Corman (Perimeter Institute) , Vasil Todorinov (U Lethbridge) , Zhen Pan (Perimeter Institute)
        Slides
    • 09:25 09:30
      Break 5m
    • 09:30 10:00
      Simulation Working Group
      • 09:30
        Simulation Working Group 30m
        The space based GW detector `Laser Interferometer Space Antenna' (LISA) will probe the low-frequency GW sources such as mergers between massive Black holes and compact binaries amongst others. To achieve its science goals instrumentation the interferometry that will measure the distance variations between freely falling test-masses is required to achieve picometer sensitivity in the given frequency range. The presentation covers an overview of the simulation of the main noises in the interferometry chain and first leg of the data processing to mitigate them. Chair: Saeed Rastgoo (York U) Co-Chair: Djuna Croon (TRIUMF/IPPP Durham)
        Speaker: Sweta Shah (MPI AEI)
        Slides
    • 10:00 10:30
      Fundamental Physics Working Group
      • 10:00
        Fundamental Physics Working Group 30m
        I will first situate the role and workings of the LISA Fundamental Physics Working Group in the LISA Consortium. Then I will give an overview of its activities, both past, current and planned, and indicate how I think its scope will evolve in the coming years. Chair: Saeed Rastgoo (York U) Co-Chair: Djuna Croon (TRIUMF/IPPP Durham)
        Speaker: Thomas Hertog (KU Leuven)
    • 10:30 11:00
      Waveform Working Group
      • 10:30
        Waveform Working Group 30m
        The waveform working group and work-package group host activities to provide waveform models that will underpin LISA's science goals. The scope includes diverse astrophysical sources, among them supermassive black holes, extreme-mass-ratio inspirals and white dwarf binaries, and a variety of computational approaches from analytical calculations to numerical relativity. A particular concern is that waveform models must be accurate enough for the high-precision science of LISA, and fast enough to be usable in practice. Chair: Saeed Rastgoo (York U) Co-Chair: Djuna Croon (TRIUMF/IPPP Durham)
        Speaker: Harald Pfeiffer (AEI MPG)
        Slides
    • 08:00 08:30
      Overview of the LISA Consortium
      • 08:00
        Overview of the LISA Consortium 30m
        Presented will be an overview of the LISA Consortium. The different governing committees and scientific groups will be summarized. Information on membership and responsibilities for the LISA Consortium will be discussed. Chair: Scott Oser (UBC) Co-Chair: Pasquale Bosso (U Lethbridge)
        Speaker: Nelson Christensen (ARTEMIS/Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur)
        Slides
    • 08:30 09:30
      LISA Hardware and Opportunities for New Contributions
      • 08:30
        LISA Hardware and Opportunities for New Contributions 1h
        In the session "LISA Hardware and Opportunities for New Contributions”, Martin Hewitson will review the current Consortium hardware responsibilities, pointing out areas of uncertainty in the overall architecture, both in terms of mission architecture, technology development and responsibility. A discussion will follow. Chair: Scott Oser (UBC) Co-Chair: Pasquale Bosso (U Lethbridge)
        Speakers: Martin Gehler (ESA) , Martin Hewitson (AEI MPG)
        Slides
    • 09:30 09:35
      Break 5m
    • 09:35 10:00
      Parallel session discussion: Meet the LISA Leadership
      • 09:35
        Meet the LISA Leadership Room #1: Prospects for Canadian Contributions to LISA Hardware 25m
        Breakout session with Hardware WG chair Nora Lützgendorf (ESA). Chair: Jess McIver (UBC) Co-chair: Daryl Haggard (McGill U)
        • Room #1: Prospects for Canadian contribution to LISA hardware 25m
        • Room #2: Fundamental physics and cosmology 25m
        • Room #3: Waveforms and astrophysics 25m
        • Room #4: LISA data challenge and simulation working groups 25m
        • Room #5: Data processing and advocacy/outreach working groups 25m
      • 09:35
        Meet the LISA Leadership Room #2: Fundamental Physics and Cosmology 25m
        Breakout session with Fundamental Physics WG chairs Nico Yunes (UIUC) and Philippe Jetzer, and Cosmology WG chairs Germano Nardini and Robert Caldwell (Dartmouth). Chair: Saeed Rastgoo (York U) Co-Chair: Djuna Croon (TRIUMF/IPPP Durham)
      • 09:35
        Meet the LISA Leadership Room #3: Waveforms and Astrophysics 25m
        Breakout session with Waveform WG chairs Helvi Witek (UIUC) and Deirdre Shoemaker (UT Austin), and Astrophysiccs WG chair Shane Larson (Northwestern) Chair: Will East (Perimeter) Co-Chair: David Morrissey (TRIUMF)
      • 09:35
        Meet the LISA Leadership Room #4: LISA Data Challenge and Simulation 25m
        Breakout session with data challenge and Simulation WG chairs Michele Vallisneri (JPL/Caltech), Luigi Ferraioli (ETH Zürich), and Sweta Shah (AEI MPG) Chair: Scott Oser (UBC) Co-Chair: Huan Yang (U Guelph/Perimeter)
      • 09:35
        Meet the LISA Leadership Room #5: Data Processing and Advocacy/Outreach 25m
        Breakout session with Data Processing WG chairs John Baker (NASA) and Antoine Petiteau (data processing), Advoreach WG chairs Martin Hendry (Glasgow) and Kelly Holley-Bockelmann (Vanderbilt). Chair: Saurya Das (U Lethbridge)
    • 10:00 10:30
      Advocacy and Outreach Working Group
      • 10:00
        Advocacy and Outreach Working Group 30m
        The LISA Consortium Advocacy and Outreach Group (“AdvoReach” for short) supports and coordinates communications and advocacy about LISA amongst four main groups: (1) the Consortium itself, promoting regular exchange of information between the different science teams; (2) the gravitational-wave community, cooperating with scientists working on projects that span the gravitational-wave spectrum; (3) the wider astronomical community, particularly in areas of common, complementary science; (4) the non-scientific community, raising awareness of LISA amongst journalists, politicians and decision-makers, educators, students and the general public. In this overview talk I will briefly highlight some of the many projects through which AdvoReach interacts with the above audiences (both face-to-face and via online engagement) and the many ways in which you can get involved in our AdvoReach activities. Chair: Saurya Das (U Lethbridge) Co-Chair: Jess McIver (UBC)
        Speaker: Martin Hendry (U Glasgow)
        Slides
    • 10:30 11:00
      Closeout
      • 10:30
        Closeout 30m