Gravitation and Fundamental Physics in Space

GPhyS "Kick-Off " Colloquium

Les Houches, 20-22 October, 2009


Presented Talks and Posters now available !

The Gravitation and Fundamental Physics in Space "Kick-Off" colloquium is the first of a series of annual meetings organised by the GPhyS, a federation of 12 laboratories focussing on theoretical and experimental gravitation and fundamental physics, with emphasis on space applications (see the GPhyS website for details). The GPhyS is coordinated and financed by the Paris Observatory for the period 2010-2013. Amongst other activities it will organise an annual colloquium, following those organised by the CNRS group GREX (Gravitation et Expérience) from 1995 to 2006.

The colloquium will cover all aspects of gravitation and fundamental physics:
  • Experimental tests of gravitation and fundamental physics (ground and space)
  • Alternative theories, phenomenological frameworks
  • Tests using data from present or past space missions
  • Future space missions
  • Gravitational wave detectors (ground and space), experiment
  • Gravitational wave detectors (ground and space), theory and data analysis
  • Strong field tests and astrometry (Pulsars, VLBI, etc...)
  • Short range gravitation (theory and experiment)
  • Earth and planetary gravity (geodesy, positioning, etc...)
  • ...

Instrumentation and experimental methods:
  • Accelerometers (electrostatic and atomic)
  • Clocks
  • Laser sources, laser stabilisation
  • Electromagnetic links (microwave and optical)
  • ...

The number of participants is limited to 70 so early registration is strongly recommended.
Registration fees are € 100 and cover accommodation and full meals at Les Houches for the 3 days.

Abstracts for oral or poster presentations should be submitted via the registration page before the 2009 July 5 deadline.

The scientific program will be organized by: M-C. Angonin, P. Binetruy, P. Bouyer, G. Esposito-Farese, E. Gourgoulhon, J. Laskar, S. Reynaud, P. Wolf.

Finances and Administration: Marie-Christine Angonin and Peter Wolf.