20th Capra Meeting at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Since the inaugural meeting in 1998 (held at Caltech’s Capra Ranch near San Diego) the Capra meetings have been bringing together relativists interested in the problem of radiation reaction in general relativity and its application to extreme-mass-ratio inspirals (EMRIs) as astrophysical sources of gravitational waves. The meetings address an important open problem in gravitational theory, made particularly relevant by the recent LIGO detections of merging black holes and the exciting prospect of directly observing gravitational waves from EMRIs with a future space-based detector.
The 20th Capra Meeting on Radiation Reaction in General Relativity will be hosted by the Physics Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and by the Institute for Cosmology, Subatomic Matter & Symmetries (CoSMS). The meeting will be held June 19-23, 2017. As usual, the program will focus on aspects of the self-force in general relativity but will also seek to explore connections to other approaches to the two-body problem. Following the Capra tradition, the meeting will be informal. There will be no registration fee and no proceedings. The program will include a few invited review talks, short contributed presentations (20 to 30 minutes), and open discussions. Contributed talks on all aspects of the radiation reaction problem (including related topics such as EMRI astrophysics or data analysis) are welcome.