Gravitational Waves and Experimental Gravity



The XXXVIIIth Moriond Workshop will be held in Les Arcs 1800, Savoie, France, Saturday, 22 to Saturday, March 29, 2003. It will be devoted to Gravitational Waves and Experimental Gravity.

Les Arcs 1800 is a pleasant winter sports resort located in the French Alps, at 1800 m alt., about 120 km from Geneva and 16 km from Bourg-Saint-Maurice. The nearest railway station is Bourg-Saint-Maurice: trains (TGV) from Paris to Bourg-Saint-Maurice are quite convenient.

The nearest international airports are Geneva (Switzerland) and Lyon Saint Exupéry (France). If you arrive in Geneva international airport, do not forget that you may need a transit visa, coming through Switzerland to France.

Postal address of the meeting:

Rencontres de Moriond
Hotel Latitudes-Charmettoger - Les Arcs 1800
Village de Charmettoger - 73700 Bourg Saint Maurice - France
Phone: 33 (0)4 79 07 49 79
Fax: 33 (0)4 79 07 49 87
Please begin your fax with: To the attention of Rencontres de Moriond.


The purpose of the Rencontres de Moriond is to discuss recent findings and new ideas in elementary particle physics and other areas of fundamental physics in a pleasant, relaxed and intimate atmosphere. The meeting intends to promote fruitful collaboration between experimentalists and theorists and between various institutes by bringing together a small number of physicists in beautiful and inspiring surroundings.


1. Program Committee

R. Ansari (LAL, Orsay), L. Blanchet (IAP, Paris), F. Cavalier (LAL, Orsay), T. Damour (IHES, Bures sur Yvette), J. Dumarchez (LPNHE, Paris), R. Flaminio (LAPP, Annecy), Y. Giraud-Héraud (Collège de France, Paris), S. Meshkov (Caltech, Pasadena), S. Reynaud (LKB, Paris), C. Salomon (ENS, Paris), J. Trân Thanh Vân (Univ. Paris-Sud, Orsay).


2. Program

Since the last Moriond meeting on Gravitation (1999) the big interferometers have been built and are just starting to take physics data. Recent developments on data analysis and source modeling will be discussed. Fundamental physics studies in space have also made a lot of progress, as well as experimental gravity on earth or in space. A brief list of topics includes :

  • Gravitational Waves

  • Experimental Gravity

    3. Contributions

    If you wish to make a contribution which fits in the framework of the program, please send a title and an abstract (before January 30) to Jacques Dumarchez by email or fax :

    Email :
    Fax : 33 (0)1 44 27 46 38

    Typical contributions are of 15 minutes duration or less. However, we may not have enough time for everyone to give a talk and we apologize for this in advance.

    Speakers are kindly asked to write their transparencies in BIG letters and preferably on the upper 2/3 of the sheet.

    Proceedings of the conference will be published. Instructions will be distributed during the Rencontres. Deadline for contributions will be May 15th 2003.



    1. Workshop schedule

    The workshop will begin on Saturday 22nd 2003 at 18 h 00 and will end on Saturday, March 29th, at 11 h 30. For the other days, working hours will be: 8 h 30 - 1l h 30 and 16 h 30 - 20 h 30.

    2. Conference facilities

    The following equipment will be available: a slide projector for 5cm x 5cm slides, an overhead projector for transparencies and a projector for computer presentations. Speakers can bring their presentations on their laptops (while the compatibility of such devices has improved recently, we ask you to bring a back up copy for overhead projector).

    3. Copies of transparencies

    In order to make transparencies of the conference available on the web, speakers who have their talks in file format (Powerpoint, PDS, Postscript, HTML...) are invited to send them by email to :

    Speakers are requested to bring a good photocopy of the transparencies of their talk. This copy will be kept for display and used for preparing the summary talk.

    4. Conference Fee

    The conference fee is 315 Euros. It will cover the cost of the copy of the proceedings and the cost of all social events.

    Payment can be made:

    Please avoid cash payment if possible. If you have to change money please note that the exchange rate at Bourg Saint Maurice is less advantageous than in cities like Paris or Geneva.

    Credit cards are not accepted.

    5. Accommodation

    Housing will be in the hotel LATITUDES Charmettoger. Meals will be served in this hotel for all participants.

    The hotel bill shall be paid directly to the hotel. Major credit cards (for the hotel accommodations only) are accepted.

    The total cost (full board) will amount to 609 Euros (double occupancy). It will be difficult to obtain single rooms. Only a few will be available at an additional cost of 161 Euros. Single rooms should be reserved before December 15th, 2002.

    For accompanying members, the costs are as follows:
    - 609 Euros per adult
    - 210 Euros per child (6-13 years)
    It will not be possible to find accommodation for your family if you have not requested it by December 30th, 2002.

    Important notice: Hotel reservations are made for the whole duration of the workshop i.e. from Saturday, March 22nd afternoon to Saturday, March 29th morning (lunch included before departure of the conference bus to Geneva). Please note that the total cost of the meeting will not be reduced even in case of partial attendance.

    Cancellations of hotel reservation should be made before February 15th, 2003. After this date, the hotel will charge us for the entire cost of accommodation and we will have to ask the participants who cancel their attendance later, to pay for the total accommodation as listed above.

    6. Funding :

    Partial support may be available for a limited number of young scientists (up to 35 years) who are nationals of a european union member state or an associated state. Please send your application form before December 30th 2002.

    Please send your application before December 30, 2002 to:

    J. Tran Thanh Van, Rencontres de Moriond, Université de Paris-Sud, LPT, Bat. 210,
    91405 Orsay Cédex, France, Fax: 33 (0)1 69 15 82 87,
    with a copy to Laurence Moutié  at

    7. Travel

    a)From Paris to Bourg-St-Maurice by train (TGV)

    Please note that reservations are compulsory for TGV trains. Be especially careful not to reserve too late : TGV trains to Bourg Saint Maurice are often full at this time of the year and particularly on saturdays.

    Train Schedule preliminary

    March 22, 2003

    March 29, 2003

    From Paris,
    Gare de Lyon

    Arrival in
    Bourg St Maurice

    From Bourg St Maurice

    Arrival in Paris,
    Gare de Lyon













    * Please note that rooms will not be available before 18 h 00 on Saturday, March 22nd.

    b) From Bourg-St-Maurice train station to Les Arcs 1800 (Charmettoger)

    Regular buses are available from Bourg-St-Maurice train station to Les Arcs 1800 at most train arrivals from Paris.(45 minutes drive) Cost approx. : 8/9 Euros (luggage included). Please ask for a ticket "Les Arcs-Villard". The last one leaves at 19 h 15. Taxis: approximate fare 39/49 Euros (depending on the number of persons and pieces of luggage).

    c) From Geneva Airport to Les Arcs 1800

    It is recommended as much as possible, to take the first conference bus, or if you go by car, to leave Geneva before 12h00 on saturday. Experience has shown that traffic jams can be terrible if one leaves Geneva after 14h.

    With Conference buses: departure from Geneva International Airport. At the arrival level, ground floor, take the exit " gate n3 " just in front of the customs, cross a car-park and you will be just in front of the bus. It will be waiting in the bus car-park, with RENCONTRES DE MORIOND posters on the windows.
    On Saturday, March 22nd: the first bus will leave at 12h30 and the other one will leave at 13h30 sharp.

    If you miss the conference buses, please note that there are also regular buses les Arcs 1800. Change in Bourg Saint Maurice. Duration : about 3 hours. Price : 62 Euros one way. You can find the timetable and make reservation on .

    Return conference buses are scheduled to leave les Arcs 1800 on saturday, march 29th at 12h00 sharp (after lunch) and will reach Geneva airport and then CERN (if requested) around 16h00, depending on the traffic.

    d) From Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport to Bourg Saint Maurice

    e) By car

    Les Arcs 1800 can be easily reached by car, by the A43 highway to Albertville, then by the N90 to Bourg-St-Maurice (via Moutiers), and then direction Les Arcs 1800 (16 km). If chains are necessary, the sooner you mount them, the better (in Bourg-St-Maurice). In Les Arcs, the temperature can easily go down to - 20 C, so make sure you have sufficient antifreeze.

    There are 2 "Hotel Latitudes" in Les Arcs. Be sure that you go to the Latitudes-Charmettoger, at the end of the resort Charmettoger.

    8. Miscellaneous

    a) The temperature in Les Arcs varies between - 20 and + 5 C. The ground is often icy and it is important to bring suitable walking shoes and warm clothes.

    b) Ski and boot rental is available at the Hotel (special discount for Moriond participants)

    c) If you fly to Geneva airport and your luggage is missing on your arrival, when making your claim ask for your luggage to be forwarded to you to the Hotel Latitudes-Charmettoger in Les Arcs 1800 by taxi, as quite a few Moriond participants have had their suitcases "stuck" in Bourg-St-Maurice by bus companies.



    Please note that your reply to the program committee member who sent you the invitation is not considered as a registration. Registration for your attend ance to the worshop and hotel reservation will only be made on receipt of the registration form.




    Please retum your registration form as soon as possible !

    If it is not received by December 30, 2002,
    we may not be able to get hotel reservation for you.