MPA/ESO/MPE/EXC Joint Conference on “Theoretical and Observational Progress on Large-scale Structure of the Universe”

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Eiichiro Komatsu
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MPA/ESO/MPE/EXC Joint Conference on “Theoretical and Observ

Post by Eiichiro Komatsu » February 04 2015

Dear colleagues,

The registration is now open for the MPA/ESO/MPE/EXC Joint Conference on

Theoretical and Observational Progress on Large-scale Structure of the Universe”.

The conference website is
http://www.mpa-garching.mpg.de/~komatsu ... s/lss2015/

The conference runs from July 20 to 24, 2015. The venue is the headquarter of European Southern Observatory (ESO), located in Garching, Germany, which is a quick train ride from Munich.

The deadline for registration is May 1, 2015. In case of overbooking, preference will be given to those who are selected for talks, and to those who register early.

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The Aim of Conference:
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Measuring the distribution of matter in the universe as a function of time and space is a powerful probe of cosmology. It offers a unique test of how gravity works on scales much greater than the conventional tests of General Relativity, and is considered as the most sensitive probe of the origin of the cosmic acceleration. Statistical properties of matter distribution can also constrain the nature of initial fluctuations, hence the physics of inflation, and the mass of neutrinos. 

Observations of the large-scale structure of the universe are improving rapidly, pushing the survey volume and redshifts to unprecedented territory with various tracers such as passive and emission-line galaxies, quasars, dusty galaxies, Lyman-alpha forests, 21-cm line emissions, and gravitational lenses. 
The rapid growth in the survey data demands much improved theoretical understanding of the large-scale structure. Unlike the cosmic microwave background fluctuations, the distribution of matter is non-linear, and thus we need a combination of non-linear theories and numerical simulations to properly interpret the existing and upcoming data. 

This conference is organised in a unique time, in which the new generation of large-scale structure surveys have started/are starting to acquire data (e.g., eBOSS, VIPERS, DES, HSC/PFS, HETDEX, eROSITA and eventually Euclid and SKA), and we are witnessing a rapid progress in the theoretical understanding. We propose to bring together leading experts in both theory and observations of the large-scale structure of the universe to discuss the recent progress and future directions.

The external scientific organising committee members include:
- Raul Angulo (Centro de Estudios de Fisica del Cosmos de Aragon)
- Sarah Bridle (University of Manchester)
- Gigi Guzzo (Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera / Universita di Milano-Bicocca)
- Rachel Mandelbaum (Carnegie Mellon University)
- John Peacock (University of Edinburgh)
- Roman Scoccimarro (New York University)
- Romain Teyssier (University of Zuerich)
- Licia Verde (University of Barcelona / University of Oslo)

and the local organising committee members include:
- Rob Ivison (European Southern Observatory)
- Guinevere Kauffmann (Max-Planck-Institut fuer Astrophysik)
- Eiichiro Komatsu (Max-Planck-Institut fuer Astrophysik)
- Ariel Sanchez (Max-Planck-Institut fuer Extraterrestrische Physik)
- Fabian Schmidt (Max-Planck-Institut fuer Astrophysik)
- Eelco van Kampen (European Southern Observatory)
- Jochen Weller (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen)

We very much hope that you can come to the conference, and please spread the word!

Sincerely yours,
Eiichiro Komatsu (on behalf of the organisers)

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