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SYMPOSIUM 7: The Square Kilometre Array: Paving the way for the new 21st century radio astronomy paradigm


The Square Kilometre Array will provide more than one order of magnitude improvement in sensitivity compared with any existing radio telescope over a wavelength range of several hundred to one, from decametric to microwave wavelengths. It will revolutionize the study of the most abundant element in the Universe, hydrogen, from the epoch of reionisation to the present-day, probing the onset formation period of the very first stars, look in depth to proto-planets and, through the precision timing of pulsars, detect the distortions of space-time due to gravitational radiation. SKA is a sensor machine spawning 3000km in extension and a collecting area of more than 1 square kilometre, using technologies of XXIst century. SKA will allow the study at radio wavelengths of a wide range of phenomena initially studied at other wavelengths as well as opening a new discovery window on new phenomena at radio wavelengths. The JENAM Symposium is aimed at bringing these diverse opportunities to the attention of both theoretical and observational astronomers working at all wavelengths, including the potential for synergies with other facilities. We intend:
i. To bring to the attention of the broader astronomical community the scientific potential of the SKA
ii. To discuss scientific priorities and their impact on the design of the SKA
iii. To explore the synergies between the SKA and other next generation astronomical facilities in different wavelength domains such as the ALMA ,ELTs, LSST, JWST, GRE, IXO, Gaia  and Euclid and high energy facilities (Auger).
iv. To explore the ciber–infrastructure” that may become available for the distribution and distributed analysis of SKA data.

Science Program:

a) The SKA definition and status
b) The origin and evolution of galaxies and AGN and their relationship
c) The epoch of re-ionization
d) The acceleration of the universe, dark energy, and baryon acoustic oscillations
e) Astrobiology: Organic molecules, protoplanetary disks, extrasolar  planets, and SETI
f) The magnetic universe
g) Pulsar timing and the detection of gravity waves including strong field tests of gravity
h) Gamma-Ray Bursts afterglows and other transient sources
i) Prospects for Solar System Exploration (planets and Space weather)
j) Prospects for unanticipated new discoveries

Prof. K. I. Kellermann, NRAO, USA (chair)
Prof. R. Bachiller, IGN, Spain
Prof. D. de Boer, CSIRO, Australia
Prof. J. Cordes, Cornell, USA
Prof. P. J. Diamond, U. of Manchester, UK
Dr. L. Feretti, INAF - IRA, Bologna, Italy
Prof. M. A. Garrett, ASTRON, The Netherlands  
Prof. L. I. Gurvits, JIVE, The Netherlands
Prof. J. M. van der Hulst, U. of Groningen, The Netherlands
Prof. J. Jonas, South Africa
Prof. S. R. Rawlings, U. of Oxford, UK
Prof. R. T. Schilizzi, SPDO
Dr. S. Torchinsky, Observatoire de Paris, France
Prof. Russ Taylor, U. Calgary, Canada
Prof. J. A. Zensus, MPIfR, Germany
Prof. A. van Ardenne, ASTRON, The Netherlands

Dr. This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , IT- Aveiro, Portugal, (chair)
Dr. Sónia Anton, CICGE-UP, Portugal
Dr. Luis Cupido, IPFN, Portugal
Dr. Mercedes Filho, CAUP, Portugal
Dr. Dalmiro Maia, CICGE-UP, Portugal
Dr. António Magalhães, CICGE-UP, Portugal
Dr. Mário Santos, CENTRA-IST, Portugal



Thursday, 9th September 2010

09h00 - 09h30 - Dave DeBoer (CASS/CSIRO, Australia): The SKA challenge

09h30 - 10h00 - Tom Osterloo (ASTRON, NL): Science from the Pathfinders

10h00 - 10h30 - Simon Garrington (JBCfA, UK): Societal Impacts of SKA


14h30 - 15h00 - Arnold van Ardenne (ASTRON, NL): The SKA new Instrumentation – Aperture Arrays
15h00 - 15h30 - Giovanni Bignami (U Milan, Italy): High energy astrophysics: the view at SKA

15h30 - 16h00 - Heino Falcke (U Nijmegen, NL): SKA, Auger and fast time RadioAstronomy

16h30 - 17h00 - Rashid Sunyaev (MPA, Germany and IKI, Russia): The Early Universe

17h00 - 17h30 - Steve Rawlings (Oxford U, UK): The Square Kilometre Array: Tracing the Universe from the EoR to the Present

17h30 - 18h00 - Paolo Padovani (ESO): AGN, Star Formation, and the nanoJy Sky

18h00 - 18h30 - Raffaella Morganti (ASTRON, NL): Using HI to trace outflows from galaxies and feeding of AGN


Friday, 10th September 2010

09h00 - 09h30 - Erwin de Blok (U Cape Town, South Africa): SKA, Precursors and Galaxy Dynamics

09h30 - 10h00 - Joe Lazio (JPL-SPDO, USA): Transient Phenomena: Opportunities for New Discoveries

10h00 - 10h30 - Marijke Haverkorn (ASTRON, NL): Cosmic Magnetism: current status and outlook to the SKA

14h30 - 15h00 - Andrei Lobanov (MPIfR, Germany): The SKA and High Resolution

15h00 - 15h30 - Leonid Gurvits (JIVE): SKA in the context of space science and planetary exploration

15h30 - 16h00 - Yuri Kovalev (ASC, Russia): Quasars and AGN

16h30 - 17h00 - Patrick Charlot (Lab. For Astrophysics Bordeaux, France): Precision Astrometry – from GAIA to SKA

17h00 - 17h30 - Markus Kissler-Patig (ESO): the ELT vision (TBC): synergies with the SKA (TBC)

17h30 - 18h00 - Alexandre Refregier (CEA, France): Dark energy and Dark matter: the Euclid’s look at SKA (TBC)

18h00 - 18h30 - Paulo Freire (MPIfR, Germany): Fundamental Physics with Pulsars





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