The SFB/TR7 Semiannual Meeting
February 2008


The meeting will take place from February 25 to February 26 2008 at the Albert Einstein Institute in Golm, Potsdam. General Information can be found on the Website of the AEI. The following link takes you closer to travel information.

The meeting will be held in the Lecture Hall of the AEI Golm.

See here for a detailed map of the Landhotel and Max Planck Campus locations.


A block of rooms has been set aside at the Landhotel in Golm [ Hotel Website ] for the meeting.
The rate for a single/double room is 59,- Euros per night including breakfast buffet.
Please make your own reservations as soon as possible by contacting the hotel directly using the code "SFB Meeting".

Conference Fee (Update)

Lunch: Ms. Schlichting from the AEI will collect 5 or 10 Euros per person for the one or two lunches -- depending on the time of your arrival -- (and the coffee breaks), in cash at the conference site.

Dinner: The dinner will take place at the Landhotel in Golm and will consist of a free choice of meals. See here for the menu.


For questions or more information regarding organization of the meeting, please contact Ms. Ute Schlichting.
Contact phone: +49-331-567-7220
More information can be found here.


Monday, Feb 25
12:00 - 13:00 Collection of fees for lunch (Ms. Schlichting)
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 14:15 Welcome, organisational issues
14:15 - 15:45 Scientific Session I
  - Overview Talk: Roman Schnabel:
   Entanglement of Macroscopic Test Masses and
   the Standard Quantum Limit in Laser Interferometry (45'+15')
- Harald Lück (C1):
   Status of project and GEO HF (20'+10')
15:45 - 16:15 Coffee Break
16:15 - 17:45 Scientific Session II
  - Michael Britzger (C3):
   Grating cavities with power recycling (20'+10')
- Ronny Nawrodt (C4):
   Current status of the cryogenic Q-factor measurements
   on bulk materials and thin films (20'+10')
- Frank Brückner (C5):
   Monolithic dielectric mirrors for gravitational
   wave detectors (20'+10')
17:45 - 18:00 Break
18:00 - 19:00 Offical SFB Assembly
19:30 Dinner at Landhotel Golm
Tuesday, Feb 26
9:00 - 10:30 Scientific Session III
  - Benjamin Knisel (C2):
   The strongest continuous gravitational-wave signal:
   Blandford's conjecture (20'+10')
- John Whelan (C6):
   Searches for galactic white dwarf binary systems (20'+10')
- Markus Hohle (C7):
   Neutron star population synthesis - predictions for
   GW detection (20'+10')
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:45 Scientific Session IV
  - Overview talk: Sascha Husa
   Interface of Numerical Relativity and Data Analysis (45'+15')
- Lucia Santamaria (B7):
   Injection of Numerical Data into the Data Analysis
   Pipeline (20'+5')
- Miguel Preto (Heidelberg):
   Relativistic Binary Black Hole Mergers in N-Body
   Simulations (15'+5')
12:45 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 16:00 Parallel Sessions
  B1, B3, B5, B6, B8:
  Neutron stars (chair: L. Rezzolla)
A4, A5, B4, B5, B7, C6:
  Black holes and data analysis pipeline (chair: B. Brügmann)
C1, C3, C4, C5:
  Joint topics in experimental subjects (chair: P. Seidel)
C2, C7:
  Astrophysical neutron star populations and GW analysis (chair: R. Neuhäuser)

These are suggestions. Please coordinate with your colleagues, in particular for multi-site collaborations.
16:00 - 16:30 Coffee Break
End of Meeting