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Fall 2016 NANOGrav Meeting

Program

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Monday, October 17

All day
Hackathon
Room 1030

Student Workshop
Room 1040

Tuesday, October 18

All day
Hackathon
Room 1030

Student Workshop
Room 1040
9:30 a.m.
Career Workshop
Room 1030

Wednesday, October 19

Timing, Instruments and Noise

9:00 a.m.
Welcome and Logistics
NANOGrav organizing committees
Welcome
Brian Fields
State of NANOGrav
Xavier Siemens
NCSA Auditorium
9:15 a.m.
Pulsar Searches
Kristina Islo (chair)
"Searches for High-Impact MSPs for NANOGrav and the IPTA" — Megan DeCesar, Joseph Swiggum, Kevin Stovall

"A Hybrid Imaging/Periodicity Search for Radio Pulsars" — Robert Wharton

"New MSPs from the Green Bank North Celestial Cap Pulsar Survey" — Joseph Swiggum

"(Re)Introducing the Green Bank Observatory" — Ryan Lynch

"Arecibo 327 MHz Drift Scan Survey/Outlier Rejection" — Kevin Stovall
NCSA Auditorium
10:30 a.m.
Coffee break
10:45 a.m.
Timing, Instruments and Noise
Thankful Cromartie (chair)
Timing Group Update — David Nice

IMM Group Update — Joseph Lazio

"Excess Noise in the NANOGrav 9-yr Data Set" — Michael Lam

"Can We Probe Dispersion Measure Variations with Gamma-ray Timing?" — Shami Chatterjee

"Polarization Calibration and Profile Microstructure in the AO Dataset" — Pete Gentile

New Update from PINT — Jing Luo
NCSA Auditorium
12:15 p.m.
Lunch
1:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
Timing (11-yr Discussions)
Room 1030

Outreach
Room 1040
2:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
Cyber-I
Room 1030

Astrophysics
Room 1040
3:30 p.m.
Summaries from Breakout Sessions
NCSA Auditorium
3:40 p.m.
Coffee break
4:00 p.m.
Professional Conduct Workshop
Kaamilyah Abdullah-Span
NCSA Auditorium
5:30 p.m.
Poster Ads and Viewing
6:00 p.m.
Conference dinner
7:00 p.m.
Plenary Talk: The Difficulties of Data
Matt Turk, NCSA
NCSA Auditorium

Thursday, October 20

Gravitational Wave Sources, Modelling, and Outreach

9:00 a.m.
Multimessenger Astronomy
Megan Jones (chair)
"Seeing Gravitational Wave Sirens in the Electromagnetic Sky" — Xin Liu

"Constraining Sub-parsec Binary Supermassive Black Holes in Quasars with Multi-epoch Spectroscopy" — Yue Shen

"A Comprehensive Quasar Lightcurve Database to Study Variability" — Nick Rumbaugh

"Searching for H-alpha Bow-Shocks around NANOGrav Pulsars" — Tim Dolch
NCSA Auditorium
10:30 a.m.
Coffee break
10:50 a.m.
Gravitational Wave Sources and Outreach
Pete Gentile (chair)
Outreach Working Group Update — Joe Swiggum

Outreach Update — Elizabeth Ferrara

AWG Update — Sarah Burke-Spolaor (remotely)

"How Different Proxies for Black Hole Mass Affect PTA Predictions" — Joseph Simon

New Pulsar Simulation Working Group Update — Jeffrey Hazboun
NCSA Auditorium
12:05 p.m.
Lunch
1:15 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
Detection
Room 1030

Timing (Working Group 12.5-yr Discussion)
Room 1040
2:15 p.m.
Breakout Session: 12.5-yr Plan (all groups)
NCSA Auditorium
3:15 p.m.
Coffee break
3:30 p.m.
The IPTA and NANOGrav
Shami Chatterjee (chair)
NCSA Auditorium
4:30 p.m.
Future Direction of NANOGrav
Xavier Siemens (chair)
NCSA Auditorium

Friday, October 21

Gravitational Wave Detection, Characterization and International Collaboration

9:00 a.m.
Cyber Identity Management Protocols
Scott Koranda, Jim Basney
Room 1040
9:40 a.m.
Coffee break
10:00 a.m.
Gravitational Wave Detection and Characterization
Joseph Simon
DWG Update — Justin Ellis

"Assessing the Null Stream Approach for Source Localization in PTAs" — Jeffrey Hazboun

"Nanohertz Gravitational Wave Sources in the Local Universe" — Chiara Mingarelli (remotely)

"Optimized Anisotropic Modelling of the Nanohertz Gravitational Wave Sky" — Stephen Taylor

"Detecting Alternative Polarization States of Stochastic Gravitational Waves with Pulsar Timing Arrays" — Logan T. O'Beirne

"The Effect of Supermassive Black Hole Binary Environments on Time to Detection for the Stochastic Background" — Sarah Vigeland
NCSA Auditorium
11:30 a.m.
Coffee break
11:45 a.m.
Discussion: Solar-system Ephemeris Modeling
Stephen Taylor, Justin Ellis, others
NCSA Auditorium
12:30 p.m.
Closing Remarks
Xavier Siemens
NCSA Auditorium
12:45 p.m.
Lunch
2:00 p.m.
Blue Waters Tour
National Petascale Computing Facility
1725 S. Oak St., Champaign