Τετάρτη, 10 Απριλίου 2013

Συνέδριο για τους “Φάρους του Σύμπαντος” στη Σαντορίνη - Explosive Transients: Lighthouses of the Universe Sep 15-20, 2013, Santorini, Greece


“Εκρηκτικές Εκλάμψεις:  Φάροι του Σύμπαντος” είναι ο τίτλος ενός ιδιαίτερα επίκαιρου και ενδιαφέροντος συνεδρίου για τους αστροφυσικούς όλου του κόσμου, που θα πραγματοποιηθεί στη Σαντορίνη 16-20 Σεπτεμβρίου 2013, στο Συνεδριακό Κέντρο Πέτρος Μ. Νομικός. Το συνέδριο διοργανώνεται από ομάδα καθηγητών / Ερευνητών Αστροφυσικής στο πλαίσιο της NASA.
Το συνέδριο, που ο ακριβής τίτλος του στα αγγλικά είναι Explosive Transients: Lighthouses of the Universe, θα εξετάσει θέματα κυρίως Εκλάμψεων Ακτίνων γ και όχι μόνο. Ο Εκλάμψεις Ακτίνων γ είναι τα πιο ενεργητικά φαινόμενα του Σύμπαντος και αποτελούν το πιο προωθημένο μέτωπο έρευνας στην αστροφυσική σήμερα.
It is a pleasure to announce the first combined Swift/Fermi/NuSTAR conference covering recent advances in observations and theory of explosive transients in high-energy astrophysics (HEA).
The conference follows previous combined Fermi/Swift meetings, and now includes the NuSTAR mission and covers a largely expanded HEA scientific area, including Gamma-Ray Bursts (GRBs), Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN), Magnetars, Galactic and extragalactic X-ray transients, Black-Hole transients, and Novae and Supernovae, among others.
The combination of Fermi and Swift missions has provided a wealth of information in GRBs and Magnetars in the last four years. The very broad spectral coverage has led to the discovery of new spectral components in GRBs challenging our standard picture of the prompt emission models. The Fermi/GBM has measured an unprecedented set of magnetar bursts with a high-resolution timing and spectral coverage, shedding new insights on their emission mechanisms. NuSTAR is collecting exciting new observations imaging the high energy sky for the first time between 6-80 keV. The Swift and Fermi mission source catalogs provide a hotbed of new discoveries and exciting new information on diverse source populations.
Multiple international missions (AGILE, INTEGRAL, Suzaku, MAXI, and Konus) continue to provide crucial complementary observations on all these transients. Follow-up observations by ground-based telescopes at optical/infrared/radio/TeV wavelengths are returning a huge amount of data, including new experiments such as IKAROS on the prompt polarization properties, ALMA on sub-millimeter properties, LOFAR on low-radio frequencies, PTF and PanSTARRS on optical wide-field surveys. Multi- messenger facilities are also providing important constraints using neutrinos and gravitational waves (e.g., IceCube, LIGO, Virgo, GEO, TAMA).
All these new observational results are complemented by huge theoretical efforts, presented here to assist our understanding of these phenomena.
This meeting intends to devote one day per subject area, addressing both observations and theory, accompanied by healthy and vigorous discussions/debates at the end of each day in the beautiful environment of the Santorini Conference Center. Astronomers and physicists, working throughout the entire electromagnetic spectrum and beyond, will come together to critique recent observations, connect new phenomena and establish fresh collaborations to improve our understanding of the underlying mechanisms responsible for explosive transients.
Detailed information on the site, preliminary program and registration will be circulated in January.
We are looking forward to hosting you in the beautiful Santorini island,
Co-Chairs: Neil Gehrels, Fiona Harrison, Chryssa Kouveliotou, Julie McEnery
LOC-Chair: Nick Kylafis
SOC Members: Matthew Baring, Roger Blandford, Jochen Greiner, Josh Grindlay, Ersin Gogus, Stefanie Komossa, Paul O'Brien, Tsvi Piran, Luigi Piro, Eleonora Troja.