Tea + gravity = success

In order to foster more regular interaction between scientists at the MIT LIGO Lab and the MIT Kavli Institute, we are starting a new weekly afternoon tea-time series from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Wednesdays, to be hosted at the LIGO Lab (NW22-268). The General Relativity Informal Tea-Time Series will be a forum for regular discussion between the gravitational-wave experiment, theory, and astrophysics communities at MIT and beyond. Every week, we aim to have an informal discussion of recent research topics. Occasionally, visitors will be invited to give a presentation.


The current organizers of GRITTS are listed below:

If you, or a visitor or colleague of yours would like to give a GRITTS seminar about one of the topics of interest for the GRITTS (such as -- but not restricted to -- gravitational waves and multiwavelength follow ups, general relativity, GW detectors, or big data), please contact us at gritts-info AT ligo DOT mit DOT edu. We are also on Twitter @GRITTS_MIT ! Follow us by clicking on the link on the left of the page for the latest news and forthcoming events!

Schedule and location

This is the current schedule, for Fall 2014.
We plan on meeting every Wednesday, from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

When Where Who What
December 3rd NW22 Niels Warburton (MIT) The self-force approach to the general relativistic two-body problem
November 19 NW22 Laura Sampson (Montana) Testing Relativity with the parameterized post-Einsteinian framework
November 12 - 4.15PM NW22 Robert Penna (MIT) Black Hole Jets and the Membrane Paradigm
October 22 NW22 Jeff McClintock (Harvard) Measuring the Spins of Accreting Black Holes
October 15 NW22 Daniel Sigg (LIGO Hanford) Status of commissioning at LIGO Hanford
October 1 NW22 Victor Pankratius (MIT Haystack) Computer-Aided Discovery: Scalable Machine Assistance for Big Data Science
September 17 NW22 Duncan Brown (Syracuse) Searching for binary mergers with spin
September 3 NW22 Victoria Grinberg (MIT) X-ray studies of the properties of black holes: relativistic iron lines

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Mailing list

If you would like to be notified about when the Series will take place, what the topics for discussion will be, and who any visitors will be, please consider joining our mailing list. To join, send an email to with an empty subject line and the body: "subscribe".