44th Karpacz Winter School of  Theoretical Physics

hosting the

First ESF Research Networking Program (06-RNP-106)



The Complex Physics of Compact Stars

Ladek Zdroj, Poland, 18-29 February 2008

Winter School: 18 - 24 February Workshop: 24 - 29 February

Scope Location & Travel Registration Participants

Lectures Talks Posters Pictures


Advisory Board  

Local Organizers  

Directors: Treasurer: Artur Duda (IFT of the University of Wroclaw)
Secretary: Daniel Zablocki (IFT of the University of Wroclaw)

The Scope

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 physics.
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

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