Workshop on the LIGO-Virgo Electromagnetic Follow-up program

chaired by Eric Chassande-Mottin, Fulvio Ricci, Marica Branchesi, Michel Boer
Thursday, 23 April 2015 from to (Europe/Rome)
at EGO - European Gravitational Observatory ( Auditorium )
Via Edoardo Amaldi 56021 Santo Stefano a Macerata, Cascina, Pisa - Italy. Web site:

(Credit: NASA/Swift)

The workshop will be held on Thursday April 23, 2015 in Cascina. It will be open to all the LVC members and the astronomer partners involved in LIGO-Virgo electromagnetic follow up program.
The workshop aims at discussing  the plans to send out alerts during the first LIGO-Virgo observing runs (in particular the next one, O1). The program of the workshop will include: the status of the advanced detectors, an overview of the low-latency transient searches and the definition, generation and transmission of gravitational wave alerts. Partner astronomers will have the possibility to illustrate the status of their projects to follow up gravitational wave candidates.  A large part of the workshop will be devoted to open discussion.

SCIENCE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE: Michel Boer, Marica Branchesi, Enzo Brocato, Laura Cadonati, Eric Chassande-Mottin, Federico Ferrini, Gabriela Gonzalez, Gijs Nelemans, Larry Price, Fulvio Ricci, Peter Shawhan, Luigi Stella, Chris Van Den Broeck.

LOCAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE: Marica Branchesi, Elena Cuoco, Erika Morucci, Severine Perus, Michele Punturo, Fulvio Ricci.

Go to day
  • Thursday, 23 April 2015
    • 09:00 - 09:15 Welcome
      Convener: Federico Ferrini, Fulvio Ricci
      Material: slides pdf file}
    • 09:15 - 09:45 Overview of the advanced detector status
      Convener: Gabriela Gonzalez
      Material: slides pdf file}
    • 09:45 - 10:15 Overview of the low-latency gravitational wave data analysis pipelines
      Convener: Frederique Marion
      Material: slides pdf file}
    • 10:15 - 10:45 Coffee break
    • 10:45 - 11:15 Plan for the first observing run O1
      Convener: Dr. Peter Shawhan (University of Maryland)
      Material: slides pdf file}
    • 11:15 - 12:00 Open Discussion on EM follow up program
    • 12:00 - 13:00 Snapshot presentations on the status of the EM follow up projects
      Material: slides pdf file}
    • 13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
    • 14:30 - 15:00 Snapshot presentations on the status of the EM follow up projects -part 2
      Material: slides pdf file}
    • 15:00 - 16:00 Communication tools
      Convener: Branson Stephens, Leo Singer
      Material: Branson - slides link} Leo - GCN Tutorial link}
    • 16:00 - 16:30 Coffee break
    • 16:30 - 18:00 Discussion on tools and AOB