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: 
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
  • Emanuele Berti, University of Mississippi
  • Richard Brito, Albert Einstein Institute
  • Savas Dimopoulos, Stanford University
  • 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

Scientific Organizers:

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