Due to the large number of applications, we regret that RSVP is now closed to new applicants.
The past 15 years has witnessed a revolution in the astrophysical study of black holes. Modern radio and X-ray observations are allowing us to see phenomena at the very edge of the event horizons of both stellar-mass and supermassive black holes. At the same time, the realization that accretion is driven by MHD turbulence has lead to dramatic progress in our theoretical understanding and modeling of black hole accretion disks. We can now start to address, from both an observational and theoretical stance, how matter and electromagnetic fields interaction with the strong gravitational field of a black hole. Furthermore, we are assembling the tools to understand both the spacetime structure and astrophysical phenomenology associated with merging supermassive black holes. These are important endeavors if we are to prepare for the future generation of radio, X-ray and gravitational radiation observatories.
The goal of this workshop is to bring together selected
experts in this field, and facilitate both formal and informal
discussions that cut across the traditional boundaries of X-ray
astronomy, radio astronomy, accretion theory, gravity theory,
numerical relativity and gravitational wave astrophysics. Specific
topics to be addressed include: (1) theory and observations of black
hole accretion disks, (2) future tests of strong gravity, (3) plasma
physics in curved spacetime, (4) interaction of dynamical spacetime
with matter and fields.