|Jason Hessels, Caroline D'Angelo, Cees Bassa & Ale Patruno
| From August 3 - 7, 2015, we hosted a workshop entitled "The Zoo of Accreting Compact Objects" at the Lorentz Center in Leiden.
This workshop was inspired by the recent discovery of a class of transitional millisecond pulsars, which are systems that switch between states as a rotation-powered radio pulsar and an accreting X-ray binary. The ASTRON/UvA pulsar group has played a large role in the discovery and multi-wavelength characterization of such systems, which we believe provide excellent laboratories for studying accretion physics. As such, we invited a select group of world experts on other types of accreting compact objects in the hopes of spurring new collaborations and establishing new observational/theoretical research lines.
The workshop was very rewarding, and the informal format of the Lorentz Center promoted lots of interaction and discussion sessions. It was also fun writing on the tables and walls.
This workshop was funded by ERC Starting Grant number 337062 (DRAGNET) to Jason Hessels, and presented many of the early results from that project.