|Description:|| Last week Harish Vedantham, Aline Vidotto, Ben Pope and Joe Callingham hosted the Lorentz Centre "Life Around a Radio Star" workshop. |
One key question that astronomy is attempting to answer is what are the environmental conditions planets experience around stars other than our Sun. While we have entered an era where identifying nearby exoplanets has become standard, discerning the space weather conditions dictated by the host stars has proved far more elusive. A low-frequency radio detection of a stellar system is a powerful tool for assessing the environmental conditions around a star. In this workshop, we brought together theoretical and observational experts in stellar physics, exoplanet/planetary science, and star planet-interactions, across the electromagnetic spectrum, to foster unique insights and collaborations in light of new low-frequency radio detections.
The scope of the workshop was to bring together theorists and observational experts across the electromagnetic spectrum to address key questions in (a) coronal structure and dynamics that includes but is not limited to coronal mass ejections, stellar winds, star planet interaction and (b) magnetospheric and auroral mechanisms including but not limited to wind-magnetosphere interactions, magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling, planet-moon interactions.
The workshop was structured to encourage discussion and to build new collaborations. We also got to enjoy a lovely conference barbecue at Katwijk on a nice hot summer day. All in all, lots of ideas were exchanged and new collaborations built.