The deadline for application has been extended. Please e-mail your CV and a short write-up describing your particular interest in the school to isgwa2010 at Arrange two letters of recommendation to be directly e-mailed.

E-mail: isgwa2010 at gw-indigo.org__
New deadline: 5 September 2010


  • B. Sathyaprakash (Cardiff University, UK)
  • Alan Weinstein (Caltech, USA)
  • A. Gopakumar (TIFR, Mumbai)
  • Sanjay Jhingan (Jamia Milia, Delhi)
  • K. G. Arun (CMI, Chennai)
  • Archana Pai (IISER, Thiruvananthapuram)
  • Anand Sengupta (University of Delhi)
  • Rajesh K. Nayak (IISER, Kolkatha)
  • Sanjeev Dhuranduar (IUCAA, Pune)
  • P. Ajith (Caltech, USA)
  • C. S. Unnikrishnan (TIFR, Mumbai)
  • G. Rajalakshmi (TIFR, Mumbai)
  • Sanjit Mitra (Caltech, USA. TBC)
  • Suresh Doravari (Caltech, USA)

Topics covered:

Morning sessions will be dedicated for lectures and afternoon sessions will be dedicated for tutorials and hands-on training.

Theory and source modelling:

  • Brief introduction to General Relativity.
  • Relativistic wave equation.
  • Overview of the sources of gravitational waves.
  • Computation of gravitational waves from terrestrial sources and for astrophysical sources.

Data analysis:

  • Introduction to noise, Fourier transform, cross correlation, signal to ratio.
  • Decision making problem and filtering. Introduction to matched filter.
  • Data-analysis methods for the detection of gravitational waves from different astrophysical sources.
  • Data analysis for compact binaries. Overlaps, fitting factor, template placement.
  • Gravitational-wave astronomy using a network of detectors.
  • State-of-the-art of gravitational-wave astronomy.

Instrument science:

  • Interaction between gravitational wave and free material particles.
  • Interaction of gravitational waves with bulk matter with finite elasticity.
  • Methods of detecting gravitational waves: Bulk matter detectors, free mass detectors.
  • Extraction of signals: Resonant bulk matter detectors, Interferometry.
  • Review of resonant-mass detectors.
  • Response of suspended mirrors to seismic vibrations, external forces and gravitational waves.
  • Optical interferometer as a GW detector.
  • Noise and signal in Interferometric GW detectors. Thermal, radiation and quantum noise
  • Consolidated concluding lecture: The real GW detector: operation, signal extraction and control

Public lecture

"Listening to the symphony of black holes"
B. S. Sathyaprakash, Cardiff University, UK.

Local organizers

  • T. R. Seshadri (University of Delhi): seshadri.t AT
  • Anand Sengupta (University of Delhi): anand.sengupta AT