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"Galaxies in the Young Universe"
The idea is to discuss the basic topics of high energy astrophysics in their connection to gamma-ray astronomy at energies between 1 GeV and 100 TeV.
The general topic of the Symposium is the continuum gamma-ray emission from cosmic objects and its physical interpretation, in terms of theory and in a multi-wavelength observational context - including regimes of ground-based as well as space-based observations. A special role play here also the nonthermal radio to X-ray and low-energy gamma-ray emission bands. Related activities in high energy neutrino astrophysics and regarding high energy cosmic rays will as well be covered by review talks.
The next year will see results from large ground-based gamma-ray observatories of the new generation, with imaging atmospheric Cherenkov telescopes and thresholds below 100 GeV. They cover both the Southern and the Northern hemispheres. Thus it appears timely to discuss these results in the above broad perspective.
We expect about 200 participants or more. Four morning sessions will be allocated for invited talks to cover the topics outline below. On three days, there will be poster sessions of 1 hour during prime time in the afternoon. After the poster sessions, afternoon sessions from 16:00 - 18:00 will, in addition, include specific projects and multi-wavelength observations. On the one free afternoon there will be a boat trip in the Neckar Valley.
The Symposium is planned to consist of the following four parts:
|January 15, 2004||Opening of registration.|
|May 26, 2004||Closing date for registration at normal fee. Late registration fee of 325 Euros applies afterwards.|
|June 1, 2004||Deadline for accommodation booking.|
|June 26, 2004||Closing date for late registration.|
|July 26-30, 2004||Symposium.|
|October 15, 2004||Deadline for submission of proceedings contributions.|
The symposium program covers the following areas:
The program includes reviews and more specialized topics by invited speakers as well as contributed talks/posters.
The detailed timetable of oral talks (also as PS and PDF leaflets) and the poster contributions are available separately.
|F. Halzen||High energy cosmic rays, gamma rays and neutrinos|
|W. Hofmann||Status of ground based gamma ray astronomy|
|F. Melia||Galactic center|
|J. Primack||Observational gamma-ray cosmology|
|L. Maraschi||Gamma ray blazars|
|A. Harding||Pulsars, pulsar winds, and plerions|
|G. Pelletier||High energy processes in relativistic flows|
|V.S. Ptuskin||Origin of Galactic cosmic rays|
|A. Olinto||Highest energy cosmic rays|
|P. Blasi||Gamma rays from clusters of galaxies|
|O. Reimer||Origin of unidentified EGRET sources|
|R. Much||The INTEGRAL mission status and recent scientific results|
|R. Diehl||Gamma-ray line astronomy|
|J. Carr||Detectors of high energy neutrinos|
|S. Bogovalov||Interactions of pulsar winds with interstellar medium|
|Yu. Lyubarsky||Physical processes in pulsar winds|
|J. Vink||Nonthermal X-rays from SNRs|
|A.R. Bell||Magnetic field amplification in strong shocks|
|E.G. Berezhko||High energy processes in SNRs|
|K. Tsinganos||Steady and time-dependent MHD modelling of cosmic jets|
|M. Sikora||Poynting flux to kinetic energy conversion in quasar jets|
|G. Bicknell||What gamma-rays tell us about jets|
|D. Lazzati||Gamma ray bursts|
|J. Paredes||High energy processes in microquasars|
|M. Tavani||PSR B1259-63 and similar objects|
|T. Takahashi||Future hard X-ray mission to study non-thermal universe|
|T. Kamae||Results from EGRET data reanalyzes and future gamma-ray missions|
|G. Sinnis||Future ground based gamma ray detectors|
|L. O'C. Drury||Summary and closing remarks|
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Registration is open since the 15th of January and is
handled by an external provider (CIS GmbH):
In summary, the registration fees are:
The conference papers / posters will be published as AIP Conference Proceedings, after refereeing.
The registration fee includes a free copy of the proceedings volume.
For instructions on the preparation of papers and for LaTeX as well as
MS Word style files/templates see the
appropriate AIP Conference Proceedings web page.
Also note the Electronic Submission Guide and the customized versions of the Transfer of Copyright Agreement and the Offprint/Reprint Order forms.
Submissions should be done via our web upload interface. Authors should not forget to send also the Transfer of Copyright Agreement via fax.
The symposium will be held in the Heidelberg Stadthalle (City Convention Center), which is centrally located in the beautiful Altstadt (Old Town) and easily accessible by public transport. The Stadthalle can be seen on the riverside in the centre of the picture below.
Heidelberg is the oldest University town in Germany, dating back to the 12th Century. Situated on the banks of the Neckar river and nestled between two local mountains, it is also one of the most picturesque. Heidelberg also sees over 4 million visitors per year, peaking in the summer months (Jun - Aug). The summer weather is usually sunny with average maximum temperatures in the range 20-25 deg C. Being a university town, Heidelberg is considered quite lively for its size with ample restaurants and bars to pass the time.
Naturally, we encourage participants to take advantage of the good weather (hopefully), and to explore what Heidelberg has to offer in their spare time. More detailed information on Heidelberg attractions can be found on this web page, which has a number of useful links (including an interactive city map)
The social events associated with the symposium will include a cruise along the Neckar river,
temptatively scheduled for Wednesday afternoon (July 28). This trip is included in the conference fee.
On Thursday evening, a symposium banquet will be held in the Heidelberger Kulturbrauerei in the old town of Heidelberg (Leyergasse 6). This will cost an extra 35,- Euro per person and can be booked together with the registration.
For an interactive city map visit the map service provided by the city of Heidelberg. The location of the Stadthalle is in the centre of Heidelberg, as shown on the simple map below. For printing, you can also download the city map.
For additional information about Heidelberg and its surroundings we recommend to visit the pages of
Next page: Travel info
If you want to come by plane, the airport of choice from most places in the world is Frankfurt Airport. It is about one hour by train, coach, or car from Heidelberg. Alternative airports are Stuttgart, Baden-Baden, and Frankfurt-Hahn.
Only very few trains go directly from Frankfurt Airport to Heidelberg. So you should get the next available train to Mannheim. You can schedule your railway trip here.
Trains to Mannheim leave typically twice per hour, so not too much planning is required. However, you should better get a ticket beforehand.
The long-distance train station has 2 levels: you enter at the top level,
where you find a ticket office and ticket machines. Buy a ticket to
Heidelberg, taking into account which train you will take, because there are
different prices for different trains. For the ICE, it is typically 22 EUR.
All common credit cards and cash are accepted.
You can also purchase tickets in trains. But be careful: entering an S-Bahn or other local area train without a valid ticket is not allowed and might cost you a fine of 40 EUR plus the normal price. Purchase tickets on the train only if you go with an EC, IC, ICE train. If you can: get your ticket beforehand!
The train takes about 30 minutes to Mannheim, which is the first stop. You have to change at Mannheim. Trains to Heidelberg go very often, and take only about 15 minutes. Your destination is "Heidelberg Hauptbahnhof". Here you can get a taxi, a bus or a tram -- see also local transport info (VRN).
Airport Bus between Crowne Plaza Hotel (Heidelberg) and Frankfurt Airport
Terminal 1 B (i.e. arrival level, meeting point domestic and international
flights). This service is open also to customers of other airlines.
Lufthansa (and some allied airlines) passengers can even check in
at Crowne Plaza Hotel. Price for the bus trip: 19 EUR one way
or 35 EUR return.
For more information/reservation call +49 (0) 01803 803 803.
Check the time table for Lufthansa buses.
For your convenience, we arranged a booking service with an external provider. Please visit their pages for details.
For some participants we may also be able to provide extra economy accommodation. Please contact the Local Organising Committee if interested.
You can contact the Organising Committee by e-mail:
Gamma-Ray Symposium III
c.o. Ms. Nadine Brandes
Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik
Fax: +49 (0) 6221 516 549
Phone: +49 (0) 6221 516 355 Ms. Brandes
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