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Scientific workshop - Astrophysics with E-LOFAR

16 - 19 September 2008, Hamburg, Germany

Organised by Hamburger Sternwarte / German Long-Wavelength Consortium (GLOW)

Invited speakers

Nabila Aghanim, Rainer Beck, Michiel Brentjens, Marcus Brüggen, Gianfranco Brunetti, John Conway, Daniele Dallacasa, Ger de Bruyn, Heino Falcke, Rob Fender, Chiara Ferrari, Mike Garrett, Andreas Haungs, Guinevere Kauffmann, Joe Khan, Robert Laing, Gottfried Mann, George Miley, Rosita Paladino, Wolfgang Reich, Elke Roediger, Huub Rottgering, Ben Stappers, Michel Tagger, Fatemeh Tabatabaei, Steve Torchinsky, René Vermeulen, Corina Vogt, Ralph Wijers, Michael Wise, Saleem Zaroubi


Monday, September 15

18.00-21.00Welcome Reception and Registration

Tuesday, September 16

Dieter Engels (Hamburger Sternwarte, GLOW)
Joachim Bartels (Physics Department, Hamburg University)
Jürgen Schmitt (Hamburger Sternwarte)
09.10-09.20Kick Off Talk
René Vermeulen (ASTRON)

Session 1: The Capability of LOFAR to study Transient Sources

09.20-09.45The Transients KSP: Aims and Means
(Abstract / Talk)
Ralph Wijers (University of Amsterdam)
09.45-10.00Searching for Transients with LOFAR/CS1
(Abstract / Talk)
Casey Law (University of Amsterdam)
Posters related to Session 1

Session 2: Pulsar Studies with LOFAR

10.00-10.20Pulsars with E-LOFAR
(Abstract / Talk)
Ben Stappers (University of Manchester/JBCA)
10.20-10.35Deep, targeted imaging of pulsar wind nebulae with E-LOFAR
(Abstract / Talk)
Jason Hessels (Universiteit van Amsterdam)
10.35-11.05Coffee break and poster session
Posters related to Session 2

Session 3: Planets, Exoplanets and SETI

11.05-11.20Search for radio emission from exoplanets: dynamic spectra from GMRT observations
(Abstract / Talk)
Walid Majid (JPL/Caltech)
11.20-11.35Ground based study of Saturn Electrostatic Discharges
(Abstract / Talk)
Jean-Mathias Griessmeier (ASTRON)
11.35-11.50SETI with LOFAR
(Abstract / Talk)
Parisa Noorishad (ASTRON)

Session 4: The Sun

11.50-12.15Solar Physics and Space Weather with LOFAR
(Abstract / Talk)
Gottfried Mann (Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam)
12.15-12.30Solar observations with LOFAR
(Abstract / Talk)
Christian Vocks (Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam)
12.30-14.00Lunch break
14.00-14.20Solar Physics & Space Weather Science with LOFAR: The UK Perspective
(Abstract / Talk)
Joe Khan (University of Glasgow)
14.20-14.35Solar wind in the outer heliosphere: IPS observations at the decameter wavelengths
(Abstract / Talk)
Nikolay Kalinichenko (Institute of Radio Astronomy of NASU)
14.35-14.50Decameter Type IV bursts: Properties of Fiber Bursts
(Abstract / Talk)
Valentin Melnik (Institute of Radio Astronomy of NASU)
Posters related to Session 4

Session 5: Technical and Software Updates

14.50-15.10LOFAR - As it is built
(Abstract / Talk)
Corina Vogt (ASTRON)
15.10-15.30Status Update on the LOFAR Science Processing Pipelines
(Abstract / Talk)
Michael Wise (ASTRON)
15.30-15.45Initial Observations with the LOFAR Effelsberg-Exloo Baseline
(Abstract / Talk)
James Anderson (Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie)
15.45-16.15Coffee break and poster session
16.15-16.30Computational Challenges of the LOFAR EoR Key-Science-Project
(Abstract / Talk)
Leon Koopmans (Kapteyn Astronomical Institute)
16.30-16.45X-WiN, a Network Infrastructure for Research Projects
(Abstract / Talk)
Martin Wilhelm (DFN-Verein e.V.)
16.45-17.00On the use of electromagnetic angular momentum for better characterization and calibration of radio signals from space
(Abstract / Talk)
Bo Thidé (Swedish Institute of Space Physics)
17.00-17.15Difference imaging in radio interferometry
(Abstract / Talk)
Olaf Wucknitz (Argelander-Institut für Astronomie)
Posters related to Session 5

Wednesday, September 17

Session 6: Cosmic Ray Studies with LOFAR

09.00-09.25The Cosmic Rays KSP
Heino Falcke (Radboud University + ASTRON)
09.25-09.45Radio Detection of Cosmic Ray Air Showers
(Abstract / Talk)
Andreas Haungs (Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe)
09.45-10.05Non-thermal radio spectral index study of spiral galaxies
(Abstract / Talk)
Rosita Paladino (Osservatorio Astronomico di Cagliari)
10.05-10.20Detection of Ultra-High Energy Cosmic rays and Neutrinos using the Moon
(Abstract / Talk)
Olaf Scholten (KVI/University of Groningen)
10.20-10.35Air Shower Measurements with LOFAR
(Abstract / Talk)
Andreas Horneffer (RU Nijmegen)
10.35-11.05Coffee break and poster session
Posters related to Session 6

Session 7: LOFAR Internationalization & E-LOFAR

René Vermeulen (ASTRON)
11.35-11.50Giant Ukrainian Radio Telescope as a Complementary Part to the E-LOFAR Super Stations
(Abstract / Talk)
Alexander Konovalenko (Institute of Radio Astronomy of NASU)
Posters related to Session 7

Session 8: National Reports

11.50-12.00LOFAR in Germany
(Abstract / Talk)
Rainer Beck (Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie)
(Abstract / Talk)
Rob Fender (University of Southampton)
Michel Tagger (CNRS Orléans)
12.20-12.30Swedish LOFAR
(Abstract / Talk)
John Conway (Onsala Space Observatory)
12.30-12.40E-LOFAR in Italy
(Abstract / Talk)
Daniele Dallacasa (University of Bologna, Astronomy Dept.)
12.40-12.50Polish contribution to E-LOFAR
(Abstract / Talk)
Katarzyna Otmianowska-Mazur (Obserwatorium Astronomiczne Uniwersytetu Jagiellonskiego)
12.50-13.00Ireland and LOFAR
Denise Gabuzda (University College Cork)
13.00-14.15Lunch break
14.15-14.40LOFAR and particle acceleration in extragalactic radio sources
(Abstract / Talk)
Gianfranco Brunetti (INAF-Istituto di Radioastronomia)

Session 9: Strategies to study the EoR with LOFAR

14.40-15.05The Epoch of Reionization with LOFAR
(Abstract / Talk)
Saleem Zaroubi (Kapteyn Astronomical Institute)
15.05-15.25Technical challenges of the LOFAR EoR project
(Abstract / Talk)
Michiel Brentjens (ASTRON)
15.25-15.45The reionization process: theory and observations
(Abstract / Talk)
Benedetta Ciardi (Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik)
15.45-16.15Coffee break and poster session
16.15-16.30Simulating Various Reionization Scenarios for the LOFAR-EoR Experiment
(Abstract / Talk)
Rajat Thomas (Kapteyn Institute)
16.30-16.45The foregrounds simulations for the LOFAR-EoR Experiment
(Abstract / Talk)
Vibor Jelic (Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, RUG)
16.45-17.00Properties of the redshifted 21cm signal from reionization
(Abstract / Talk)
Garrelt Mellema (Stockholm Observatory, Stockholm University)
17.00-17.15Statistics to extract and analyze the cosmological signal from the Epoch of Reionization
(Abstract / Talk)
Geraint Harker (Kapteyn Institute)
17.15-22.00Harbor Cruise and Conference Dinner
Posters related to Session 9

Thursday, September 18

Session 10: Studying Cosmic Magnetism with LOFAR

09.00-09.25Low frequency polarimetry and cosmic magnetism
(Abstract / Talk)
Ger de Bruyn (ASTRON, Dwingeloo & Kapteyn Institute, Groningen)
09.25-09.45Galactic magnetic field research with LOFAR
(Abstract / Talk)
Wolfgang Reich (Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie)
09.45-10.00Exploring weak magnetic fields with LOFAR
(Abstract / Talk)
Tigran Arshakian (Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie)
10.00-10.15Dwarf galaxies and the magnetisation of the IGM
(Abstract / Talk)
Uli Klein (AIfA)
10.15-10.45Coffee break and poster session
Posters related to Session 10

Session 11: Galactic Structure and ISM

10.45-11.00E-LOFAR and the Magnetic Milky Way
(Abstract / Talk)
Marijke Haverkorn (NRAO/UC-Berkeley/ASTRON)
11.00-11.15Observation of Carbon Radio Recombination Lines Towards Dust Cloud L1407 at decameter wavelength
(Abstract / Talk)
Sergiy Stepkin (Institute of Radio Astronomy of NASU)
11.15-11.30The potential for Galactic Plane Surveys with LOFAR
(Abstract / Talk)
Glenn White (Open University/The Rutherford Appleton Laboratory)

Session 12: Synergies with other Observational Facilities

(Abstract / Talk)
Robert Laing (ESO)
11.55-12.20Planck satellite: Complementary probe of reionisation
(Abstract / Talk)
Nabila Aghanim (Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale)
12.20-12.45En route to SKA
(Abstract / Talk)
Steve Torchinsky (Observatoire de Paris-Meudon)
12.45-14.15Lunch break

Session 13: The Potential of the Imaging Survey Mode of LOFAR

14.15-14.40LOFAR surveys of the low frequency sky
(Abstract / Talk )
Huub Rottgering (Leiden University/Leiden Observatory)
Posters related to Session 13

Session 14: Clusters and Halos

14.40-15.00Magnetic fields in clusters
(Abstract / Talk)
Marcus Brüggen (Jacobs University Bremen)
15.00-15.20Ram pressure stripping of disk galaxies in clusters
(Abstract / Talk)
Elke Roediger (Jacobs University Bremen)
15.20-15.35Cluster Radio Halos in the LOFAR era
(Abstract /Talk)
Rossella Cassano (INAF-Instituto di Radioastronomia)
15.35-15.50Radio halos: spectral index analysis
(Abstract / Talk)
Emanuela Orru (Universität Innsbruck - Institut für Astro-und Teilchenphysik)
15.50-16.20Coffee break and poster session
16.20-16.40Thermal and non-thermal emission from galaxy clusters: X-ray and LOFAR observations
(Abstract / Talk)
Chiara Ferrari (Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur)
16.40-16.55The GMRT Radio Halo survey - Results and implications for LOFAR
(Abstract / Talk)
Simona Giacintucci (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)
Posters related to Session 14

Session 15: Radio Galaxies and AGN

16.55-17.10Studying the cosmological evolution of Supermassive Black Holes with LOFAR
(Abstract / Talk)
Andrea Merloni (Excellence Cluster Universe and MPE)
17.10-17.25Low frequency results from the GMRT and the role of the E-LOFAR
(Abstract / Talk)
Dharam Vir Lal (Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie)
17.25-17.40A view of the sub-mJy population: The AGN component
(Abstract / Talk)
Isabella Prandoni (IRA-INAF)
Posters related to Session 15
17.40-18.00Concluding remarks
Mike Garrett (ASTRON)
19.00-Make LOFAR work on international baselines (informal gathering)

Friday, September 19

08.30-10.30Cosmic Rays - Magnetism KSPs parallel sessions
10.30-11.00Coffee break
11.00-13.00EoR - Transients KSPs parallel sessions
13.00-14.00Lunch break
14.00-16.00Solar Science - Surveys KSPs parallel sessions