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524. WE-Heraeus-Seminar

Generously funded by:

Equations of Motion
Relativistic Gravity

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Physikzentrum Bad Honnef, Bad Honnef, Germany, 17.02. - 23.02.2013

Organizers: D. Puetzfeld (ZARM, U Bremen), C. Laemmerzahl (ZARM, U Bremen), B.F. Schutz (AEI, MPI Potsdam)
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Scientific Topics

  • Equations of motion in General Relativity (GR) and in alternative gravity theories (motion of extended test bodies, self-force, self-gravitating/heavy bodies, test bodies with microstructure)
  • Approximation methods linked to the derivation of the equations of motion (multipolar, post-Newtonian, post-Minkowskian)
  • Current and future observations (gravitational waves, pulsars, celestial mechanics, astrometry, satellite experiments)


Proceedings for this conference are available from Springer.

Equations of Motion in Relativistic Gravity
D. Puetzfeld et. al. (eds.), Fundamental Theories of Physics 179, Springer, 2015
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-18335-0, ISBN: 978-3-319-18334-3 (Print), ISBN: 978-3-319-18335-0 (Online)

book picture

Please have a look at the online version of the book here.


The 524. WE-Heraeus-Seminar will take place at the Physikzentrum Bad Honnef (PBH) in Germany.

Directions to the PBH can be found here (the closest airport to Bad Honnef is Cologne-Bonn - airport code CGN).

Important dates and registration

We particularly encourage students and young researchers to participate in this seminar. Potential participants should send an email (indicating their academic status (master student, PhD student, postdoc etc.) and include their departmental address as well as their email) by

15 November 2012
eom2013 (at) puetzfeld.org

The final selection of participants will be made until 10 January 2013 by the organizers. There are no conference fees. The living expenses (overnight costs and meals) for all selected participants will be covered by the WE-Heraeus foundation. Since the number of participants to this seminar is limited we encourage early registrations.


List of confirmed speakers in alphabetical order. Please click on the speakers name to see the title and abstract of the talk.

L. Andersson S. Babak L.F. Costa W.G. Dixon A. Eckart
G. Faye T. Futamase D. Giulini A. Harte F.W. Hehl
P.A. Hogan Y. Itin B.R. Iyer S.A. Klioner B. Kol
S. Kopeikin B. Krishnan J. Mueller Y.N. Obukhov R.F. O'Connell
V. Perlick R. Plyatsko A. Pound D. Puetzfeld G. Schaefer
O. Semerak A.J. Silenko D. Singh J. Steinhoff I. Vega
B. Wardell N. Wex

Click here to browse the title and abstract list.


Sunday 17. February

17:00 - 21:00 Registration at the Physikzentrum Bad Honnef
18:30 Dinner

Monday 18. February

Time Speaker Title
08:45 Organizers Welcome & Introduction of the WE-Heraeus foundation
09:00 D. Puetzfeld Conference overview & Multipolar approximation schemes for extended test bodies
09:45 W.G. Dixon The New Mechanics of Myron Mathisson (1897-1940) and its subsequent development
10:45 Coffee break
11:15 D. Giulini Energy-momentum tensors and motion in Special Relativity
12:45 Lunch
14:15 R. Plyatsko Mathisson-Papapetrou equations as a source of knowledge on highly relativistic spinning particle motions in the gravitational field
15:15 L.F. Costa Spacetime dynamics of spinning particles - exact Gravito-Electromagnetic analogies
16:15 Coffee break
16:45 O. Semerak On motion and notion of pole-dipole particles
17:45 D. Singh The MPD Equations in Analytic Perturbative Form
19:00 Social dinner

Tuesday 19. February

Time Speaker Title
08:45 A. Harte Self-interaction and its effects on motion
09:45 P.A. Hogan Equations of Motion of Schwarzschild, Reissner-Nordstrom and Kerr Particles
10:45 Coffee break
11:15 A. Pound Motion of small bodies in curved spacetimes: An introduction to gravitational self-force
12:45 Lunch
14:15 B. Wardell Self-force: Computational Strategies
15:15 I. Vega Self-force: physical aspects and applications
16:15 Coffee break
16:45 V. Perlick On the self-force in electrodynamics and in gravity
17:45 J. Steinhoff Spin and Quadrupole Contributions to the Motion of Astrophysical Binaries
19:00 Dinner
20:00 Poster session

Wednesday 20. February

Time Speaker Title
08:45 G. Schaefer Higher order post-Newtonian dynamics of compact binary systems in Hamiltonian form
09:45 T. Futamase Strong-field point particle limit in Equations of Motion in GR
10:45 Coffee break
11:15 B. Kol Equations of motion in Post-Newtonian gravity from the Effective Field Theory approach
12:15 G. Faye The post-Newtonian formalism and the two-body problem in general relativity
13:15 Lunch
14:30 Excursion
19:00 Dinner
20:00 A. Eckart Sagittarius A* at the center of the Galaxy as a laboratory for relativistic physics

Thursday 21. February

Time Speaker Title
08:45 B.R. Iyer Gravitational Waves from inspiraling compact binaries in general orbits and their applications to EOM
09:45 S.A. Klioner High-accuracy astronomical observations in solar system and relativistic equations of motion
10:45 Coffee break
11:15 L. Andersson Self-gravitating elastic bodies
12:45 Lunch
14:15 Y.N. Obukhov Dynamics of matter with microstructure
15:15 F.W. Hehl The Gravity Probe B experiment cannot sense a possible torsion of spacetime: introduction into the Poincare gauge theory of gravity and remarks on its equations of motion
16:15 Coffee break
16:45 A.J. Silenko Motion of Spinless Particles in Gravitational Fields
17:45 Y. Itin Equations of motion as derived from the field equations
19:00 Dinner
20:00 Poster session Best poster award

Friday 22. February

Time Speaker Title
08:45 S. Kopeikin Equations of Motion in an Expanding Universe
09:45 J. Mueller Tracking the Moon to Study Relativity
10:45 Coffee break
11:15 N. Wex Testing the motion of strongly self-gravitating bodies with radio pulsars
12:45 Lunch
14:15 S. Babak Perturbed geodesic motion
15:15 B. Krishnan Status and prospects for detecting gravitational waves from compact binary inspirals
16:15 Conclusions & End of meeting
18:00 Dinner for participants leaving on Saturday morning

Saturday 23. February

12:00 Departure

Poster session

We will also have a poster session. Every participant is invited to present her/his research on a poster. At the end of the meeting we will have the best poster award.


A printable PDF version of the flyer (please post this in your department) can be found here.



In case you need assistance or have questions regarding the seminar please contact:

Dirk Puetzfeld
University of Bremen
Am Fallturm
28359 Bremen, Germany

Email: dirk.puetzfeld (at) zarm.uni-bremen.de
Email: eom2013 (at) puetzfeld.org

Generously funded by

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Participating institutions

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