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Nuclear, Neutrino and Relativistic Astrophysics


Serena degli Avancini
+39 0461 314723
Monday, 6 June, 2016 - 09:00 to Friday, 15 July, 2016 - 19:00
ECT* Rustico second floor conference room

Nuclear, neutrino and relativistic astrophysics remains an active and rapidly growing area of research. A host of recent observations pertaining to neutron star structure and cooling, nucleosynthesis, and explosive astrophysical events such as gamma-ray bursts and supernova has led to renewed interest in this field. There is also much anticipation for the detection of gravitational waves within the next few years as advanced LIGO and VIRGO detectors achieve design sensitivities. During the past decade theoretical advances in nuclear and neutrino physics, and relativistic astrophysics have helped  interpret these observations are provided fundamental new insights. It is very timely to educate advanced graduate students about these developments. The aims of the school are to provide the students with a overview and a pedagogic introduction to the theoretical foundations to prepare them to contribute to forefront research.  The doctoral training program (DTP) in 2016 will be for a total of 6 weeks and will host week long lectures on each of the following topics:  

  1. Stellar evolution and stellar explosions: These lectures will discuss the basic theory and equations of stellar structure and evolution, nuclear reactions, convection, end points of stellar evolution. 
  2. Core collapse supernova theory and observations: These lectures will discuss supernova progenitors, the physics of collapse, bounce and shock propagation. Neutrino transport and current challenges in modeling supernova explosions in multi-dimensions. Observations of supernova light curves and explosion energies and related diagnostics. 
  3. Nucleosynthesis: These lectures will discuss both light and heavy element nucleosynthesis including BBN, s-process, nuclear burning in stars, neutrino induced reactions and related nucleosynthesis that occurs in explosive environments such as supernova and neutron star mergers. 
  4. Neutrinos in astrophysics and cosmology: These lectures will review neutrino properties and what we have learned from atmospheric and solar neutrinos about neutrino oscillations. It will include a discussion of neutrino reactions and oscillations in cosmology, stars, supernova and accretions disks and its implications. 
  5. Dense matter and neutron stars: In these lectures basic notions of dense matter theory and the phase structure of dense matter will be discussed and its implications for neutrons stars, supernovae and gravitational wave physics will be discussed. 
  6. Neutron star mergers, gamma-ray bursts and gravitational waves: These lectures will contain a basic introduction to general relativity, gravitational waves and their detection and include a discussion of short gamma-ray bursts and the associated electromagnetic emission. 

 These lectures presented by well known scientists in these respective areas. The format of the lectures and the schedule will closely follow those adopted by successful earlier DTPs. Students will have ample opportunity to interact with the lecturers outside the formal lecture period and in addition ECT* staff will be on hand to assist in tutorials and problem sessions. Students will have access to the computing facilities of ECT* and will be given the time and opportunity to continue working on their own Ph.D. project. The program will extend over six weeks in the summer of 2016. It is aimed at students who are in the process of obtaining a Ph.D. in an area related to the theme of the DTP. Enquiries can be addressed to: ECT* staff Serena degli Avancini and for scientific matters to Sanjay Reddy 

How to apply DTP

Registration period: 
11 Jan 2016 to 30 Apr 2016