IAU Division D: High Energy Phenomena and Fundamental Physics

You are invited to the 2-day Division D meeting (August 7th and 10th, 2015) at the XXIX General Assembly (GA) of the IAU in Honolulu. Full details are at the GA web page.

Our oral program is given below. We highlight timely topics not covered in the GA symposia and focus meetings, including those of new and proposed Commissions, with the majority of time set aside contributed talks and discussion. Please check the GA web site for poster listings.

We look forward to welcoming you in Honolulu.

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Friday Aug 7th, 2015
10:30-12:30 Session 1: Accretion on all scales
Chair: Diana Worrall, University of Bristol UK
10:30 Marianne Vestergaard Black hole masses and accretion in quasars and active galactic nuclei
11:00 Mirko Krumpe Clouds in the close vicinity of supermassive black holes
11:15 Shuo Zhang NuSTAR Observation of Galactic Center Molecular Clouds: Reconstructing Sgr A* X-ray Outburst
11:30 Felix Aharonian Very High Energy Gamma Rays from the Central Molecular Zone of the Galactic Center
11:45 Daniel Schwartz Implications of the enthalpy flux carried by powerful quasar jets
12:00 Amir Levinson Collimation of magnetic jets by disk winds - the case of M87
12:15 Nikolay Shakura A viscous instability in axially symmetric laminar shear flows
14:00-15:30 Session 2: Black hole spin
Chair: Xavier Barcons, Insitituto de Fisica de Cantabria (CSIC-UC), Spain
14:00 Chris Reynolds Observing black hole spin
14:30 Tassos Fragos The origin of Black-Hole Spin in Galactic Low-Mass X-ray Binaries
14:45 Michael Kramer Probing the Galactic Centre: Black hole properties, magnetars and pulsars
15:00 Lakshmi Saripalli Jet drifts and flips in radio galaxies as probes of the historical evolution of spin axis in supermassive black holes
15:15 Andrzej Niedzwiecki Application of the hot flow model to low-luminosity Seyfert galaxies and constraints on their radiative efficiencies, BH spin values and plasma parameters.
16:00-17:45 Session 3: Black holes and feedback
Chair: Anna Wolter, INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera, Italy
16:00 Laura Birzan Towards an understanding of the radio-mode AGN feedback at higher redshifts
16:30 Geoffrey Bicknell Relativistic jet interaction with forming galaxies
16:45 Mark Birkinshaw Magnetic filaments associated radio-source feedback
17:00 Laurence David A Deep Chandra Observation of the X-Ray Brightest Group in the sky NGC 5044
17:15 Bill Forman Supermassive black holes at work: 'fossil records' of outbursts from supermassive black holes and the effects of outbursts on the evolution of gas rich galaxies, groups, and galaxy clusters
18:00-19:30 Session 4: The growth of galaxy clusters
Chair: Christine Jones, Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, USA
18:00 Maxim Markevich Physics of the intracluster plasma from present and future X-ray observations
18:30 Elizabeth Blanton Sloshing, Shocks, and Bubbles in Clusters of Galaxies
18:45 Mohammad Nawaz Interaction of Hydra A jets with the intracluster medium
19:00 Jan Vrtilek The Complete Local-Volume Groups Sample (CLoGS): Progress in the unbiased assessment of galaxy group physics and evolution
19:15 Brian Morsony Jet-driven redistribution of metal in galaxy clusters
Monday Aug 10th, 2015
08:30-10:00 Session 5: Energetic jets and transients
Chair: Chryssa Kouveliotou, George Washington University, USA
08:30 Sarah Spolaor Fast radio bursts: the search for their origins
09:00 Sylvain Guiriec Towards a Unified Model for the Gamma-Ray Burst Prompt Emission
09:15 Magnus Axelsson The Fermi view of gamma-ray bursts
09:30 Holger Stiele Energy dependence of variability in low mass X-ray binaries
09:45 Nobuyuki Kawai X-ray and optical observations of a compact black hole binary MAXI J1910-057: implication for the companion and evidence for the jet turn-on
10:30-12:30 Session 6: Progenitors and remnants of energetic transients
Chair: Elena Pian, INAF - IASF Bologna, Italy
10:30 Samar Safi-Harb The zoo of supernova remnants and associated compact objects: clues on their progenitors and evolution through X-ray observations
11:00 Olaf Reimer Eta Carinae's first full orbit in the Fermi era
11:15 Jennifer West Bilateral symmetry in supernova remnants and the connection to the Galactic magnetic field
11:30 Marco Ajello Unveiling the >50 GeV sky with Fermi-LAT
11:45 Jennifer Sokoloski Shocks in Novae
12:00 Paolo Mazzali Supernovae: how many ways to blow up a star?
14:00-15:30 Session 7: Magnetic fields and high-energy phenomena
Chair: John Kirk, MPIK Heidelberg, Germany
14:00 Gianluca Israel Transient phenomena in high magnetic field pulsars
14:30 Shuang-Nan Zhang . Correlation between the Gamma-Ray Luminosity and the Light Cylinder Magnetic Field Strength of Fermi-LAT Pulsars
14:45 Oleg Kargaltsev Fast-moving ejecta from the gamma-ray binary PSR B1259-63/LS 2883
15:00 Elisabete de Gouveia Dal Pino Particle Acceleration and the origin of Very High Energy emission around black holes
15:15 Roland Crocker Giant Shocks in the Fermi Bubbles and the Origin of the Microwave Haze
16:00-18:00 Session 8: Multi-messenger astrophysics
Chair: Felix Aharonian, DIAS/Dublin Ireland & MPIK/Heidelberg Germany
16:00 Emma De Ona Wilhelmi Gamma rays and the origin of Galactic cosmic rays
16:30 Glennys Farrar The puzzle of the ankle in the Ultrahigh Energy Cosmic Ray Spectrum, and composition indicators
16:45 Avery Broderick Gravity at the Edge: Testing General Relativity with the Event Horizon Telescope
17:00 Ron Ekers Limits on the diffuse UHE neutrino flux and directional limits for the radio galaxy Centaurus A
17:15 Samaya Nissanke Witnessing Black Hole Births in the Transient Universe
17:30 Neil Gehrels Multi-messenger Observations and Opportunities for Gamma-Ray Bursts

GA Focus Meetings particularly closely aligned with the scientific interests of Division D:

FM6 X-ray Surveys of the Hot and Energetic Cosmos Aug 5th-6th

FM10 Stellar explosions in an ever-changing environment Aug 11th-13th

FM14 The Gravitational Wave Symphony of Structure Formation Aug 12th-14th

FM18 Scale-free processes in the universe Aug 12th-14th

See also:

FM12 Bridging Laboratory Astrophysics and Astronomy Aug 3rd-5th

IAUS 319 Galaxies at High Redshift and Their Evolution Over Cosmic Time Aug 11th-14th