The Institute of Astrophysics, Central China Normal University (CCNU) and the Department of Astronomy, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) will host the 2019 CCNU-USTC Junior Cosmology Symposium from April 26th to April 29, 2019 in Wuhan, Hubei. The topic of the symposium is “Gravity & Cosmology under the Gravitational-wave Era”. All scholars in fields of gravity and cosmology (especially gravitational waves) are welcome to attend.
As early as 1916, Einstein’s General Relativity (GR) has predicted the existence of Gravitational waves (GW). However, it was until 100 years later, i.e. the year of 2016, that people haven’t convincingly announced the detection of GW event, which was caused by a binary black hole. This event not only proved the correctness of GR theory, but more importantly, opened for us a new window for detection on the origin, structure and evolution of celestial bodies and our Universe. Therefore, it also inspired enormous interests in academia and publics, and was awarded many honors such as Noble prize and top 10 scientific progresses.
One thing goes after the other. After this event, more and more are discovered and announced successively, including not only binary black holes, but also binary neutron stars as well as its electromagnetic counterparts. This indicates that the GW event is by no means a solo, and our GW era has already come! The detection of gravitational waves becomes hot topic no matter in China or all over the world. Moreover, binary GW is no longer the only thing that people are focusing on. From very low GW such as primordial GW, to ultra-high GW, people are trying to discover the all-round properties of GW in multiple frequency bands.
In this brand-new era, how will cosmology develop itself? How can GW make us reacquaint the Universe which we’re located in? For instance, primordial GW comes from the space-time fluctuations at very early time, carrying fruitful information there, therefore might be utilized as unique probe for the childhood of the Universe. Moreover, there are nowadays various theories about gravity that could describe the evolution of the universe, each of which predicts different properties of GW, so the detection of GW can also provide new ways of justifying most of these theories.
In order to improve the academic exchange of young scholars in relevant fields, we organize this symposium, during which we will address topics of GWs and early universe in forms of oral presentations and posters. We also invited 3 international experts on these fields from Japan and Taiwan, to make more productive discussions among young scientists.
There is no registration fee for the symposium. All travel and local stays will be covered by the participants. We will be delighted to offer the room booking in the hotel at a much lower price than in the market. The deadline of the registration will be on March 18. The announcement and receipt of the last round can be downloaded here.
Organizing committee: Taotao Qiu, Yifu Cai, Wenjuan Fang, Mingzhe Li, Larissa Santos, Wen Zhao
The Institute of Astrophysics, Central China Normal University
The NSFC "Galaxies and Quasars" Innovation Group
Department of Astronomy, School of Physical Sciences, USTC
CAS Key Laboratory of Cosmology and Galaxy
The NSFC Director Fund for AliCPT
The Interdisciplinary Center for Theoretical Study, USTC