Astrophysics Summer School

The Gaseous Universe

University of Oxford, 21-23 July 2010

A three-day summer school will held just before the conference, on 21-23 July 2010. This school is jointly organised by the Astrophysics sub-Department of the University of Oxford and the Global Center of Excellence Quest for Fundamental Principles in the Universe of the Physics Department at Nagoya University. The school is intended to give students and postdoctoral fellows both a much broader and a more basic overview of topics that will be covered during the conference.

Participation in the conference is not a prerequisite for participation in the school. In fact, we encourage students and postdocs, especially from the UK, to come to the school even if they have no or a limited interest in the conference.


Please complete this school registration form to register for the summer school. There is no registration fee for the school but we must estimate the numer of students attending and must be able to identify you accurately.

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Essential info


The goal of the school is to cover the main physical mechanisms and observational diagnostics available at each temperature and thus wavelength range, with a focus on the interstellar medium. Speakers and topics are indicated below, with links to the electronic material when available.

We are also privileged to have Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell for a more informal talk on the spirit of astronomical discoveries.


Morning talks will start at 09:30. Registration and refreshments start from about 09:00.

Wednesday 21 July

09:00-09:30: Registration, refreshments
09:30-10:30: Martin Bureau: Introduction
10:30-11:30: Garret Cotter: Radio Astronomy I
11:30-12:00: Break
12:00-13:00: Adrianne Slyz: Hydrodynamics I (hydrodynamical processes in the ISM, molecular cloud formation, turbulence; star formation efficiency and laws)
13:00-14:00: Lunch
14:00-15:00: Garret Cotter: Radio Astronomy II
15:00-16:00: Yasuo Fukui: Sum-mm/mm Astrophysics I
16:00-16:30: Break
16:30-17:30: Jocelyn Bell Burnell: Reflections on the Discovery of Pulsars

Thursday 22 July

09:00-09:30: Registration, refreshments
09:30-10:30: Adrianne Slyz: Hydrodynamics II (stellar feedback, winds, supernovae; Jeans instability, Kelvin-Helmholtz, Rayleigh-Taylor,...)
10:30-11:30: Yasuo Fukui: Sum-mm/mm Astrophysics II
11:30-12:00: Break
12:00-13:00: Hidehiro Kaneda: Infrared Astrophysics I (photo-dissociation regions, fine structure emission line diagnostics)
13:00-14:00: Lunch
14:00-15:00: Yasuo Fukui: Sum-mm/mm Astrophysics III
15:00-16:00: Hidehiro Kaneda: Infrared Astrophysics II (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, dust)
16:00-16:30: Break
16:30-17:30: Marc Sarzi: NIR-Optical-UV Diagnostics I (Basics of photoionised HII nebulae)

Friday 23 July

09:00-09:30: Registration, refreshments
09:30-10:30: Marc Sarzi: NIR-Optical-UV Diagnostics II (extragalactic HI regions and beyond with BPT diagnostic diagrams)
10:30-11:30: Hironori Matsumoto: High Energy Astrophysics I (emission processes, continuum, line emission; X-ray objects, compact objects, supernova remnants, clusters of galaxies,...)
11:30-12:00: Break
12:00-13:00: Marc Sarzi: NIR-Optical-UV Diagnostics III (active galactic nuclei)
13:00-14:00: Lunch
14:00-15:00: Hironori Matsumoto: High Energy Astrophysics II (thermal and non-thermal phenomena)
15:00-16:00: Marc Sarzi: NIR-Optical-UV Diagnostics IV (emission lines in galaxies with integral-field spectrographs)
16:00-16:30: Break
16:30-17:30: Garret Cotter: Gamma-rays and Cosmic Rays I