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"Locating Astrophysical Transients"

Submitter: Joeri van Leeuwen & Zsolt Paragi
Description: This week, Zsolt Paragi (JIVE) and Joeri van Leeuwen (ASTRON) are organizing a workshop about fast detection and localization of astrophysical transient sources in the radio regime. The workshop runs for 5 days, in the Lorentz Center, Leiden, and is attended by 60 participants, selected after a initial oversubscription of about ~3.

New generation wide-field instruments, especially SKA pathfinders in the radio regime, will detect a huge number of transient sources that can be followed-up by very long baseline interferometry (VLBI) at the highest possible angular resolution. Finding and localization of these, as well as discussing the science case and realization of high resolution observations in multi-wavelength transient projects, is the main focus of the workshop. A scientific program of excellent speakers will cover Galactic neutron stars (pulsars) and black holes, gamma-ray binaries, unidentified TeV sources, novae, supernovae, GRB, tidal disruption events and astrophysical sources of gravitational waves. The instruments and techniques to be introduced are the European VLBI Network (EVN), real-time e-VLBI, WSRT Apertif, SKA pathfinders (e-Merlin/LOFAR/ASKAP/MeerkAT/MWA/LWA) as well as transient facilities and programmes in the other parts of the electromagnetic spectrum.

The main aims of the work shop (Poster PDF) are to have both students and experienced researchers, from both the wide-field and the VLBI communities: 1) form the new collaborations needed to make this new connection of fields a success 2) learn practical hands-on methods from each other's fields in 'school' fashion.
Copyright: JIVE/ASTRON
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