Searching for New Particles with Black Hole Superradiance

Conference Date: 
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 (All day) to Friday, May 11, 2018 (All day)
Scientific Areas: 
Astrophysics
Particle Physics
Strong Gravity

 

Black hole superradiance is a fascinating process in general relativity and a unique window on ultralight particles beyond the standard model. Bosons -- such as axions and dark photons -- with Compton wavelengths comparable to size of astrophysical black holes grow exponentially to form large clouds, spinning down the black hole in the process, and produce monochromatic, continuous gravitational wave radiation. In the era of gravitational wave astronomy and increasingly sensitive observations of astrophysical black holes and their properties, superradiance of new light particles is a promising avenue to search for new physics in regimes inaccessible to terrestrial experiments. This workshop will bring together theorists, data analysts, and observers in particle physics, gravitational wave astronomy, strong gravity, and high energy astrophysics to explore the signatures of black hole superradiance and to study the current and future possibilities of searching for new particles with black holes.

  • Enrico Barausse, Institut Astrophysique de Paris
  • Richard Brito, Albert Einstein Institute
  • Avery Broderick, Perimeter Institute & University of Waterloo
  • Savas Dimopoulos, Stanford University
  • Sam Dolan, University of Sheffield
  • Sergei Dubovsky, New York University
  • Frans Pretorius, Princeton University
  • Keith Riles, University of Michigan
  • James Steiner, Massachussetts Institute of Technology
  • Salvatore Vitale, Massachussetts Institute of Technology
  • Sylvia Zhu, Albert Einstein Institute
  • Michalis Agathos, University of Cambridge
  • Asimina Arvanitaki, Perimeter Institute
  • James Bardeen, University of Washington
  • Enrico Barausse, Institut Astrophysique de Paris
  • Masha Baryakhtar, Perimeter Institute
  • Pablo Bosch, Perimeter Institute
  • Richard Brito, Albert Einstein Institute
  • Avery Broderick, Perimeter Institute & University of Waterloo
  • Horng Sheng Chia, University of Amsterdam
  • Vladimir Dergachev, Albert Einstein Institute
  • Savas Dimopoulos, Stanford University
  • Sam Dolan, University of Sheffield
  • Sergei Dubovsky, New York University
  • William East, Perimeter Institute
  • Marios Galanis, Stanford University
  • Javier Garcia, California Institute of Technology
  • Carl-Johan Haster, CITA
  • Maximilian Isi, California Institute of Technology
  • Badri Krishnan, Albert Einstein Institute
  • David Kubzinak, Perimeter Institute
  • Robert Lasenby, Perimeter Institute
  • Katarina Martinovic, Perimeter Institute
  • Sam Patrick, University of Nottingham
  • Frans Pretorius, Princeton University
  • Keith Riles, University of Michigan
  • Olivier Simon, Stanford University
  • James Steiner, Massachussetts Institute of Technology
  • Mae Hwee Teo, Stanford University
  • Salvatore Vitale, Massachussetts Institute of Technology
  • Sylvia Zhu, Albert Einstein Institute
  • Aaron Zimmerman, CITA

If you are an invited speaker to this event, Perimeter Institute staff will contact you to coordinate ground transportation arrangements on your behalf.

If you need transportation while attending the conference, we offer suggestions below. If flying, we suggest that you book your flight to arrive at Toronto International Airport (YYZ) or the Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF).

Boulevard Limousine (estimated travel time 1hr) The fare for Boulevard Limousine for one passenger is $118.00 to the Toronto Airport.  The fare for one passenger from the Toronto Airport to Waterloo is $133.00.  To make reservations, please visit their website or call 519-886-8090.

Airways Transit (estimated travel time 1hr) Airways Transit connects Toronto (Pearson), Hamilton (Munro), and Region of Waterloo International Airports with the Kitchener-Waterloo area by providing 24 hour shared ride door-to-door service. To make reservations online please visit their webiste of contact them by phone 24 hours: 519-886-2121.

0001 Toronto Cabs (estimated travel time 1hr)  Approximately $160.00 rate for one-way: Toronto International Airport to Waterloo. Call 416-809-5656. 
Note: One or more passengers can split this $160.00 rate.

City Cabs (estimated travel time 1hr) $90.00 flat rate for one-way:  Kitchner-Waterloo to Toronto International Airport.  Call 519-747-7777

Car Rentals Upon arrival in any of the terminals at Pearson International Airport there are a number of car rental agencies to choose from. Their booths are located on the arrivals level. The cost of a car rental is dependent upon the type of vehicle you would like and the length of the stay. 

Driving Directions 

  • From the airport, follow signs for Highway 427 South/Highway 401.  
  • Continue to follow signs for Highway 401 West - London. 
  • Proceed West on Highway 401. 
  • Exit Highway 401 at Highway 8 West. 
  • Take exit 278 (Highway 8 West) and follow 8 West for 5 km to Highway 85, towards Highway 7 East.
  • Proceed on Highway 85 for 5 km to Bridgeport Road exit. Turn right at the off-ramp, traveling west. 
  • Follow Bridgeport Road for 2 km into downtown Waterloo. 
  • Bridgeport is a four-lane one-way road. It becomes Caroline Street at Albert Street. Continue straight ahead. 
  • Travel forward another 200 metres, but ease over into the right-hand lane. As you go down a hill and around a curve, look for the green Perimeter Institute sign on the right hand side. The parking lot entrance is just after the sign (past the historic grist mill that sits on the edge of Silver Lake). 
  • Turn right into the PI parking lot entrance.

Please note that parking is extremely limited at Perimeter Institute and you must have a parking permit to park in the lot long term.

If you are an invited speaker to this event, Perimeter Institute staff will contact you to coordinate hotel accommodations on your behalf.

If you need accommodations while attending the conference, we offer suggestions for lodging below.  When booking your reservation, please indicate that you will be attending a conference at Perimeter in order to receive the best possible rate.

Delta Waterloo 110 Erb Street West Waterloo, ON N2L 0C6
Phone: 1-888-890-3222
Distance from PI: 450 m

Waterloo Hotel 2 King Street North Waterloo, ON N2J 2W7
Phone: 519-885-2626
Distance from PI: 500 m

Comfort Inn 190 Weber Street North Waterloo, ON N2J 3H4
Phone: 519-747-9400
Distance from PI: 2.3 km

Walper Terrace Hotel 1 King Street West Kitchener, ON N2G 1A1
Phone: 519-745-4321
Distance from PI: 3.7 km

Crowne Plaza Kitchener-Waterloo 105 King Street East Waterloo, ON N2G 2K8
Phone: 519-744-4141
Distance from PI: 3.8 km

Four Points by Sheraton 547 King Street North Waterloo, ON N2L 5Z7
Phone: 519-884-0100
Distance from PI: 4.3 km

Holiday Inn Express & Suites 14 Benjamin Road Waterloo, ON N2V 2J9
Phone:  519-772-9800
Distance from PI:  5.6 km

Homewood Suites by Hilton 45 Benjamin Road Waterloo, ON N2V 2G8
Phone:  519-514-0088
Distance from PI:  5.6 km

Courtyard by Marriott 50 Benjamin Road East Waterloo, ON N2V 2J9
Phone: 519-884-9295
Distance from PI: 5.6 km

University of Waterloo Conference Centre 200 University Avenue West Waterloo, ON N2J 4C1
Phone:  1-800-565-5410
Distance from PI:  1.3 km

The Conference Centre accommodations include single and double rooms.  Each floor consists of 24 rooms with 2 large washrooms per floor (1 male and 1 female). Guest rooms are not air conditioned, but a limited number of fans are available on a first come first service basis. Rooms are available between May-August.

Scientific Organizers:

  • Asimina Arvanitaki, Perimeter Institute
  • Masha Baryakhtar, Perimeter Institute
  • William East, Perimeter Institute
  • Robert Lasenby, Perimeter Institute