Parameswaran Ajith (ICTS-TIFR, Bengaluru, India), K. G. Arun (CMI, Siruseri, India), Bala R. Iyer (ICTS-TIFR, Bengaluru, India) and Prayush Kumar (ICTS-TIFR, Bengaluru, India)
01 July 2024 to 12 July 2024
Ramanujan Lecture Hall, ICTS Bengaluru & Online

Now that observation of gravitational waves (GWs) from coalescing compact binary mergers has become routine, it is intriguing to consider other potential sources of GWs. With the upcoming observing runs of LIGO, Virgo and KAGRA, there is a possibility that such signals could be detected. This year’s ICTS GW Summer School will focus on the sources and searches for continuous GWs. This includes continuous GWs from rapidly spinning neutron stars in our own galaxy as well as exotic sources such as axion clouds around black holes. 


  • The astrophysics of neutron stars and binaries (Dipankar Bhattacharya, Ashoka University, India)
  • Ultralight boson clouds around black holes (Nils Siemonsen, Princeton University, USA
  • Rapidly spinning neutron stars and emission mechanisms  (Keith Riles, University of Michigan, USA
  • Searches for continuous GWs: Methods and results (Alicia M Sintes, University of the Balearic Islands, Spain

​Eligibility criteria: The school is primarily meant for graduate students and postdocs working in GW astrophysics and related fields. A small number of highly motivated senior undergraduates can also be considered. Background in general relativity,  numerical methods and astrophysics is a prerequisite for the school.

ICTS is committed to building an environment that is inclusive, non-discriminatory and welcoming of diverse individuals. We especially encourage the participation of women and other under-represented groups.

31 March 2024
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