First ESF Research Networking Program (06-RNP-106)
The Complex Physics of Compact Stars
Ladek Zdroj, Poland, 18-29 February 2008
- Nuclear Physics Aspects of Compact Stars; their impact on the Astrophysical
Evolution of Compact Stars and vice versa
- QCD phase transitions in Compact Stars
- Gravitational wave emission from single and binary Compact Stars
Denmark: Christopher Pethick (NORDITA, Copenhagen)
France: Jerome Margueron (IPNO, Universite Paris Sud, Orsay)
Germany: Luciano Rezzolla (Max-Planck-Institute for Gravitational Physics , Potsdam)
Greece: Nikolaos Stergioulas (Department of Physics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
Italy: Pierre Pizzochero (Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Milano & INFN, Milano)
Netherlands: Alexander Dieperink (KVI, Groningen)
Portugal: Constanca da Providencia (Dep. de Fisica, University of Coimbra)
Poland: David Blaschke (IFT of the University of Wroclaw & JINR Dubna)
Spain: Jose Pons (Dep. De Fisica Aplicada, University of Alicante)
Sweden: Sverker Fredriksson (Department of Physics, Lulea University of Technology)
Switzerland: Friedrich-Karl Thielemann (Dep. Physik und Astronomie, University of Basel)
United Kingdom: Ian Jones (School of Mathematics, University of Southampton)
Artur Duda (IFT of the University of Wroclaw)
- David Blaschke (IFT of the University of Wroclaw & JINR Dubna),
- Ludwik Turko (IFT of the University of Wroclaw),
Daniel Zablocki (IFT of the University of Wroclaw)
Over the last decade, compact stars have been shown to be excellent tools to test fundamental
properties of gravity and matter under extreme conditions. The new generation of space X-ray and
gamma-ray observatories are enabling new observations and breakthrough discoveries (kHz quasi-
periodic oscillations, bursting millisecond pulsars, half-day long X-ray superbursts). The thermal
emission from isolated neutron stars has provided important information on their radii and cooling
history. At the same time, improvements in radio telescopes and interferometric techniques have
increased the number of known binary pulsars, allowing for extremely precise neutron star mass
measurements and tests of general relativity.
Finally, a large multinational effort has taken place in the last decade to build detectors,
offering the exciting prospect of the detection of gravitational waves.
We are thus experiencing the blooming of astronuclear physics, an exciting research area in
which the physics of compact stars plays a fundamental role. While a part of this physics relies
on theories that are well tested in terrestrial laboratories, a good part of it is basically unknown
in the regimes found in compact stars. Unveiling this picture is a task made challenging by the
multidisciplinary character of the problem, which requires expertise from historically independent
disciplines, such as nuclear and particle physics, astrophysics, gravitational and computational
The present event shall be the kick-off for a series of activities devoted to the development
of a European research and training network on "The Physics of Compact
Stars" consisting of two parts with different aims:
A one-week school for young scientists followed by a
4-day workshop devoted to the multifaceted topic of
Compact Star physics.
Students are encouraged to stay for the workshop after they were introduced to the current
status of research during the preceeding school-week.
The programe of the School will include poster presentations and evening sessions for
brief oral communications.
Unfortunately registration is already closed. Please contact the organizers.
Registration deadline: 21st January 2008.
The number of participants is limited to about 70 persons.
Ladek Zdroj is an old Spa located at the foot of the Sudety Mountains, some 120 km south
of Wroclaw, with good possibilities for nice mountain trips and skiing. The Symposium will
be held in a high-standard resort house GeoVita. For further details concerning accomodation
and travel please click here.
The Conference is supported by