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Alessandro Melchiorri

Joined: 24 Sep 2004
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Affiliation: University of Rome

PostPosted: February 17 2011  Reply with quote

SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT: Azores School on Observational Cosmology

Dates: 31st August to 6th September 2011

Location: Angra do Heroísmo, Azores, Portugal

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Observational cosmology is going through a particularly exciting
period. A range of ground and space experiments are gathering an
unprecedented amount of high-quality data, which may allow us to
tackle enigmas such as

- the nature of dark energy and dark matter
- the statistical properties of primordial fluctuations
- the possible existence of a stochastic gravitational wave background
- the fundamental constituents of nature

In order to fully exploit these datasets, one requires the interplay
of a broad range of expertise, encompassing theory, phenomenology,
high-performance computing, data analysis and instrumentation. This
school will provide PhD students and young postdocs with state-of-the
art overviews of these key issues. In addition to this training
element, they will have an opportunity to present their own work and
discuss it with world experts in the field.

Pre-registration is open, and we encourage a diverse group of advanced graduate students and young postdocs interested in attending to apply.

A preliminary list of lecturers and topics is:

Course lectures (3 lectures each):

Bruce Bassett (Cape Town): Dark energy theory & observations
Daniel Eisenstein (Arizona)* Baryon acoustic oscillations
Kris Gorski (JPL/Caltech): CMB Data analysis
Alessandro Melchiorri (Rome): CMB Theory and Fundamental Physics
Bernard Schutz (Max Planck Institute)* Gravitational waves

Review talks:
Dragan Huterer (Michigan): Alternative models of gravity
Alex Kim (LBNL): Type Ia Supernovae
Carlos Martins (CAUP): Varying fundamental constants
John Peacock (Royal Observatory Edimburgh)* Gravitational lensing
Paul Shellard (Cambridge): Non-gaussianity
George Smoot (Berkeley): TBA

*To be confirmed

Key Dates:
Pre-Registration ends: 31 May
Programme released: 15 June
Arrival day: 31 August
Departure day: 6 September

See you in the Azores !

the LOC:
Marina Cortes (Berkeley)
Miguel Ferreira (Açores)
Katherine Mack (Cambridge)
Carlos Martins (CAUP)
Manuel Monteiro (CAUP, Sysadmin)
Stefania Pandolfi (Roma)
Graca Rocha (Caltech)
Elsa Silva (CAUP, Admin)
Jon Urrestilla (UPV)
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