39th COSPAR Scientific Assembly


Mysore, India, 14-22 July 2012

Event E1.14: X-ray Polarimetry in Astrophysics


Rationale

Due to the major role of non thermal emission processes and to the transfer of radiation in highly asymmetric plasmas and in extreme magnetic and gravitational fields, Polarimetry is expected to be a powerful diagnostic tool in X-ray astronomy. Nonetheless this branch of X-Ray Astronomy is still in a very early stage from the observational point of view. The only dedicated Mission flown so far is OSO-8, giving a good measurement of the Crab Nebula polarization. A few measurements were derived, at much higher energies, as a byproduct of instruments designed for other purposes.

Nowadays a significant step forward is expected from the Gravity and Extreme Magnetism Small Explorer (GEMS), scheduled for launch on 2014, that will restart this topics with a significantly improved sensitivity.

The event is aimed to review the status of theoretical works highlighting the importance of polarimetry, and its complementary role with respect to spectroscopy and timing measurements in a large variety of astrophysical situations.

Also the status and prespectives of observational techniques, from diffraction to photoelectric to scattering, will be reviewed in light of incoming and future missions.

Location & Date

The 39th COSPAR Scientific Assembly will be held at the

Global Education Centre
2 Infosys Training Centre Mysore, Karnataka India

from 14 - 22 July 2012.

Scientific Event Main Scientific Organizer (MSO)

Enrico Costa
IAPS-Roma
IAPS-INAF Via del Fosso del Cavaliere, 100
00133 Roma
Italy
Tel: +390649934004
E-Mail: enrico.costa (at) iasf-roma.inaf.it

Scientific Event Deputy Organizer (DO)

Giorgio Matt
Università Roma III
Via della Vasca Navale, 840
00146 Roma
Italy
Tel: +39-06-57337024
E-Mail: matt (at) fis.uniroma3.it

Scientific Organizing Committee

Ronaldo Bellazzini (Sezione di Pisa dell’Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Italy), George Fraser (Space Research Centre University of Leicester, United Kingdom), Kiyoshi Hayashida (Department of Earth and Space Science Osaka University, Japan), Keith M. Jahoda (Astrophysics Science Division of NASA/GSFC, USA), Philip Kaaret (Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Iowa, USA), Tim Kallman (Astrophysics Science Division of NASA/GSFC,USA), Vladimir Karas (Astronomical Institute of the Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic), Philippe Laurent (IRFU/Service d’Astrophysique CEA Saclay, France), Mark McConnell(Space Science Center University of New Hampshire,USA), Ravinder K. Manchanda (Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics Tata Institute of Fundamental Research Mumbai, India), Biswajit Paul (Raman Research Institute Bangalore, India), Andrea Santangelo (Institut fur Astronomie und Astrophysik Universitat Tubingen, Germany), Paolo Soffitta (Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali dell’INAF, Italy), Jean H. Swank (Astrophysics Science Division NASA/GSFC, USA), Martin C. Weisskopf (Space Sciences Department at NASA/MSFC, USA)

Solicited speakers

Ronaldo Bellazzini (Sezione di Pisa dell’Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Italy), Michal Dovciak (Astronomical Institute of the Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic), Philip Kaaret (Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Iowa, USA), Philippe Laurent (IRFU/Service d’Astrophysique CEA Saclay, France), Herman Marshall (MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA), Tunefumi Mizuno (University of Tokyo, Japan), Biswajit Paul (Raman Research Institute Bangalore, India), Nicholas Produit (ISDC Data Centre for Astrophysics, Switzerland), Matthew van Adelsberg (Center for Relativistic Astrophysics, Georgia Institute of Technology,USA), Daisuke Yonetoku (Department of Physics, Kanazawa University, Japan)

Contact

xraypol2012 (at) iasf-roma.inaf.it



Abstract submission deadline:
Friday, February 17, 2012 at 23:59 CET


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