XXIX Canary Islands Winter School of Astrophysics "Applications of Radiative Transfer to Stellar and Planetary Atmospheres"
November 13th to 17th, 2017
Venue: La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain
First announcement of the XXIX Canary Islands Winter School of Astrophysics
Applications of Radiative Transfer to Stellar and Planetary Atmospheres
La Laguna (Tenerife, Spain) -- November 13th to 17th, 2017
Deadline for both the Registration and Applications is 23rd June 2017
Since 1989, the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias organizes yearly a Winter School whose
aim is to train PhD students and recent post-docs in frontier topics of Astrophysics.
The XXIX Canary Islands Winter School of Astrophysics, to be held in San Cristobal de La
Laguna (Tenerife, Spain) in November 2017, focuses on Applications of Radiative Transfer
to Stellar and Planetary Atmospheres.
The audience will be limited to 50 participants. The aim of this Winter School is to bring
together in a relaxed working environment distinguished scientists who, in recent years,
have paved the way to major advances in the treatment and applications of radiative
transfer and young researchers who want to broaden their knowledge in this specific
field of Astrophysics by attending advanced lectures and interchanging acquired expertise
and skills among them.
** The deadline for both the Registration and Applications is 23rd June 2017 **
Distinguished specialists in their field of research have been invited to give advanced
lectures on the following topics:
* Fundamental physical aspects of radiative transfer
* Mathematical background and computer codes
* Phenomenology and physics of atmospheres of early-type and late-type stars
* Phenomenology and physics of atmospheres of brown dwarfs and extrasolar giant planets
* Near IR high resolution spectroscopy
Lectures will be complemented by tutorial activity consisting in the running of standard
computer codes to trace the effects of both physical assumptions and a different choice of
key parameters on the stellar spectra synthesized in the case of both hot and cool stars.
Participants will have the opportunity to display their current work by presenting a poster.
The basic registration fee amounts to 350 euros and includes conference fee, welcome
cocktail, morning and afternoon coffee during the lecture days, conference dinner, copy of
the proceedings, and visit to the Teide observatory on November 18th (including lunch).
An optional daily trip to the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory (La Palma) will be
organized on November 19th. The extra cost of 250 euros includes the flights from/to
Tenerife/La Palma, transfers, lunch and a guided tour of the principal telescopes.
A limited number of grants will be provided by the organization to cover accommodation
(double room - breakfast included - shared with another participant in Hotel Nivaria,
a **** hotel in San Cristobal de La Laguna, where teachers and most participants are
expected to stay).
Rationale of the school:
The quantitative analysis of the electromagnetic radiation emitted by astrophysical
objects is the unique tool we have at hands for the diagnostics of their physical
properties. The study of stellar atmospheres has experienced in the last decades a
great step forward, both in theory and computational techniques. However, a
well-founded fear is starting to arise that, at the generational turnover, young
practitioners in the field may lack in a firm grip on the underlying physics and
use the available computer codes as black-boxes. In addition, radiative transfer
in Astrophysics is living nowadays a period of transition from old to new fields
of applications. Among them the investigation of exoplanets, which implies the
quantitative study of planetary atmospheres, and the interpretation of high
resolution infrared spectra, for which theoretical progress did not yet go with the
impressive technological advances achieved.
Therefore, an advanced school dedicated to the fundamental physical processes in
both stellar and planetary atmospheres, as well as the bases of the numerical
treatment of radiative transfer, is more timely than ever, both to prevent the
risk above mentioned and to form researchers with the background required to face
the present and future challenges.
Lectures and topics:
* Artemio Herrero (Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, Spain)
>> Fundamental physical aspects of radiative transfer
* Olga Atanackovic (Faculty of Mathematics, Univ. of Belgrade, Servia):
>> Numerical methods in radiative transfer
* Mats Carlsson (Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics, Univ. of Oslo, Norway):
>> Stellar atmosphere codes
* Joachim Puls (Universitaetssternwarte der LMU Munchen, Germany):
>> Radiative transfer in the (expanding) atmospheres of early-type stars, and related problems
* Maria Bergemann (Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg, Germany):
>> Phenomenology and physics of late-type stars
* Mark S. Marley (NASA Ames Research Center, Space Science & Astrobiology Division, USA):
>> Modeling the atmospheres of brown dwarfs and extrasolar giant planets
* Giuseppe Bono (Dipartamento di Fisica, Univ. di Roma Tor Vergata, Italy):
>> Near IR high resolution spectroscopy
* Carlos Allende Prieto (Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, Spain):
>> Tutorial on the application of radiative transfer codes to the cool star domain
* Sergio Simón-Díaz (Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, Spain):
>> Tutorial on the application of radiative transfer codes to the hot star domain
L. Crivellari (Co-Director of the School);
S. Simón Díaz (Co-Director of the School);
M. J. Arévalo Morales (Head of the IAC Teaching Department);
R. Rebolo López (Director of the IAC).
L. González Pérez