Tuesday, August 14, 2012

LOFAR at the International Astronomical Union Meeting

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) General Assembly meeting is happening soon in Beijing, China (a bit like the Olympics of Astronomy in a way - for example it happens every 3 years, the offical language is French, and it brings the worlds best together to showcase their skills - we don't compete for medals though!).

Anyway, LOFAR is going to be well represented at this IAU GA meeting, and below I list some of the talks on LOFAR science I have noticed on the program. LOFAR talks will appear in several different sessions demonstrating the diversity of science which is already coming out of LOFAR:

SpS4: "New Era for studying Interstellar and Intergalactic Magnetic Fields"

IAUS291: "Neutron Stars and Pulsars"

JD1: "The Highest Energy Gamma-Ray Universe Observed with Cerenkov Telecope Array Projects"

and also some of the technical challenges we are learning to face thanks to the data volumes of LOFAR:

SpS5: "Data Intensive Astronomy".

Here's the full LOFAR programme I've found so far:

Mon 20th August
11.20am Anna Sciafe - LOFAR and SKA for Magnetism Science
11.35am Vlad Kondratiev (for Ben Stappers) - New results from LOFAR 

Tue 21st August
11am - Heino Falcke - LOFAR in the era of Cerenkov Telescope Arrays

Wed 22nd August 
4pm Heino Falcke - Accretion and outflow in the local universe - first results from LOFAR

Thur 23rd August 
11.55am Annalisa Bonafede - Radio relics and magnetic field amplification in the ICM
3pm Thijs Coenen - LOFAR commissioning pulsar surveys
3.15pm Heino Falcke - FRATs: Searching for fast radio transients in real time with LOFAR

Fri 24th August
11.00am Joeri van Leeuwen
12.00pm Vlad Kondratiev - Pulsar Emission at the Bottom-End of the Electromagnetic Spectrum

Wed 29th August
11am - Panagiotis Lampropoulos - Analysis of LOFAR EoR data on a GPU Cluster
2pm Michael Wise - Exascale Data Management with LOFAR (I)

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