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NATO-Advanced Study Institute (ASI)

The Electromagnetic Spectrum of Neutron Stars

June 7-18, 2004
Marmaris, Turkey

Neutron stars hold a central place in astrophysics for two main reasons. First, the physics of neutron stars are interesting because they are made of the most extreme states of condensed matter in bulk quantities. The structure of a neutron star, its equation of state involves many important fundamental problems of physics from the strong interactions to nuclear physics, and condensed matter physics including superconductivity and superfluidity and exocit states of matter. Another reason attracting the astronomers' interest, is that neutron stars, along with white dwarfs and black holes, represent one of the stable configurations that stars reach at the end of stellar evolution. The population and distribution of neutron stars in the Galaxy are central topic of interest in Astronomy. As extreme, compact objects neutron stars posses the highest rotation rates and strongest magnetic fields among all stars.

With advances in theoretical work and with the improved observational facilities of each successive satellite, our knowledge of neutron stars expands continuously. New ranges of neutron star properties are found and even new classes of neutron stars are recognized every few years, with the advent of each new observatory.

The ASI in the neutron star series have all addressed the main properties, structure, dynamics and evolution of neutron stars, and each school has in addition focused on one particular aspect of neutron star research. The ASI on The Electromagnetic Spectrum of Neutron Stars will be on the spectra of the neutron stars.

The program of the ASI is essentially constructed on a set of tutorial lectures by prominent scientists in the field. In addition to this main course of lectures there will be sessions built around invited review talks on a number of related topics, supplemented by student contributed talks. One session will be devoted to an overview of the recent and current space observatories.

The topics of the meeting will include:

  • Formation of Neutron Stars
  • Neutron Star Structure and Magnetic Field
  • Neutrinos
  • Gravitational waves
  • Cooling and Atmospheres of Neutron Stars
  • Pulsars
  • X-ray Binaries and Accretion Powered Pulsars
  • Millisecond oscillations
  • Gamma Ray Bursts, Magnetars
  • Science with current and future X and Gamma-Ray Missions

Scientific Organizing Committee

A. Baykal (Director, Middle East Technical University, Turkey)
S.A. Grebenev (Co-director, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia)
M.A. Alpar (Sabanci University, Turkey)
N. d'Amico (Osservatorio Astronomica di Cagliar, Italy)
M. Gilfanov (Max-Planck Institut fur Astrophysik, Germany and
Space Research Institute, Russia)
H. Ogelman (University of Wisconsin, USA)
C. Kouveliotou (National Space Science and Technology Center, USA)
U. Kiziloglu (Middle East Technical University, Turkey)
R. Sunyaev (Max-Planck Institut fur Astrophysik, Germany and
Space Research Institute, Russia)
J. Taylor (Princeton University, USA)
J. Trumper (Max-Planck Institut fur Astrophysik, Germany)
E. van den Heuvel (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
M. van der Klis (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
J. Ventura (University of Crete, Greece)

Local Organizing Committee

S. Balman (Middle East Technical University, Turkey)
S.K. Yerli (Middle East Technical University, Turkey)
E. Gogus (Sabanci University, Turkey)
U. Ertan (Sabanci University, Turkey)
S.C. Inam (Middle East Technical University, Turkey)
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