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Welcome to the EU Training Network
"Sources of Gravitational Waves"!

Theoretical Foundations of Sources for Gravitational Wave Astronomy of the Next Century: Synergy between Supercomputer Simulations and Approximation Techniques

The European Commission has funded a Research Training Network (contract HPRN-CT-2000-00137) of ten institutions to study sources of gravitational waves in preparation for the upcoming generation of gravitational wave detectors. The project started in August 2000 and will run for three years. The project aims to use a combination of large scale numerical simulation techniques and approximation techniques. For details, please see the Project Description.

This timely and exciting Network links the following ten European institutions:

  • Max-Planck Institut fuer Gravitationsphysik, Golm bei Potsdam, Germany. (coordinating partner).
  • Theoretisch-Physikalisches Institut, University of Jena, Germany.
  • Observatoire de Paris, Section de Meudon, France.
  • Departamento de Astronomia y Astrofisica, University of Valencia, Spain.
  • Departament de Fisica, University of Palma, Spain.
  • Department of Physics, University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
  • Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Roma "La Sapienza", Italy.
  • Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati, Trieste, Italy.
  • Department of Mathematics, Southampton Univesity, UK.
  • School of Computer Science and Maths, University of Portsmouth, UK.

The Network will undertake theoretical investigations into sources for gravitational wave astronomy, in anticipation of the commissioning of large interferometric antennas early in the next millenium. The research methodology combines large scale computations with approximation techniques. The Network maintains very close collaborations to related astrophysics and parallel computational projects in the US, including a recently funded NSF project to develop an Astrophysical Simulation Collaboratory, based on the Cactus code, that will be used by the Network.

New On These Pages

A few photos from the Third EU Network Meeting available on the internal web pages.

This work has been supported by the EU Programme 'Improving the Human Research Potential and the Socio-Economic Knowledge Base' (Research Training Network Contract HPRN-CT-2000-00137).