Since the inaugural meeting of 1998 (held at Caltech's Capra ranch near San Diego) Capra meetings have been bringing together relativists interested in the problem of radiation reaction in relativity and its application to extreme-mass-ratio inspirals (EMRIs) as astrophysical sources of gravitational waves. The meetings address an important open problem in gravitational theory, made particularly relevant by the exciting prospect of directly observing gravitational waves from EMRIs in the near future.
The 16th Capra Meeting on Radiation Reaction in General Relativity will be hosted by the School of Mathematical Sciences at University College Dublin, marking its first return to Ireland since 1999 when the 2nd Capra Meeting was also held in UCD. The meeting will run from the 15th to 19th of July 2013, starting with three days of invited and contributed talks and followed by two days of informal discussions.
As usual, the programme will focus on aspects of the self-force in general relativity, but will also seek to explore the promise of a synergy with other approaches to the two-body problem. Following the Capra tradition, the meeting will be informal. There will be no registration fee and no proceedings. The programme will include a few invited review talks, short contributed presentations and open discussion sessions. Contributed talks on all aspects of the radiation reaction problem (including related topics such as EMRI astrophysics or data analysis) are welcome.
The Organising committee gratefully acknowledge financial support from the Office of the UCD Vice-President for Research.