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Stars, Supernovae and Nucleosynthesis 2014

2-day meeting on nuclear astrophysics, massive stars and supernovae Tuesday 16 September: Stars and Supernovae Wednesday 17 September: GCE, Meteoritic Grains and Nuclear Astrophysics; This meeting is supported by the ERC starting grant no 306901

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Sep 16, 2014 10:00 AM to
Sep 17, 2014 05:00 PM


Lennard-Jones Laboratories, 1.25, Keele University

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Keele University:
Raphael Hirschi
Nobuya Nishimura
Cyril Georgy
Andrea Cristini
Jacqueline den Hartogh
University of York:
Alison Laird 17
Jos Riley 15-17
Jessica Tomlinson 15-17
Ruchi Garg 15-17
Matt Williams 15-17
University of Birmingham:
Tzany Kokalova 16-17
Brad Gibson 16-17
Chris Jordan 16-17
Joanne Bibby 16
Ben Macfarlane 16-17
IoA, Cambridge:
Chris Tout 15-17
Clare Worley 15-17
Anna Zytkow 15-17
University of Sheffield:
Paul Crowther 16
Justyn Maund 16
University of Manchester:
Torsten Henkel 16-17
Alex Clarke 16-17
Liverpool JMU:
Ben Davies 16
University of Edinburgh:
Alfredo Estrade 15-17
Lee Patrick (ROE) 15-17
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Scientific Rationale:
Stars and their supernovae play a key role in the universe through the light they shine, the chemical elements they produce and the powerful explosions that mark their death. Although stars have been studied for centuries, there are still many open questions concerning the physical processes at play in their interiors (e.g. convection, rotation, magnetic fields), interactions with binary companions and uncertainties in the nuclear reactions that powers them and produce the elements we are made of.
Progress in our understanding of stars, supernovae and the related nucleosynthesis requires input from both astronomical observations and theory as well as from nuclear experiments and theory. The BRIDGCE (BRIdging the Disciplines of Galactic Chemical Evolution ) network was thus set-up last year to coordinate research, facilitate knowledge transfer, and develop synergies between UK researchers involved in the study of the origin of the elements and the chemical and dynamical evolution of galaxies. This meeting, which will be organised on an annual basis, will bring together all the scientists involved in the BRIDGCE network activities to disseminate recent results, share new ideas and make future plans. Since most chemical elements are formed in stars and supernovae, the first day of the meeting will focus on the evolution and the explosion of stars, while the second day will focus on galactic chemical evolution, meteoritic grains and nuclear astrophysics.

Meeting details:
Title: Stars, Supernovae and Nucleosynthesis
Dates: 16-17 September
Venue: School of Physics and Chemistry, Lennard-Jones Laboratories, Keele University, Keele, ST5 5BG

Day 1 (Tue 16 Sept) will be the continuation of the massive stars and supernovae meetings organised by John Eldridge in the past.

Day 2 (Wed 17 Sept) will be the continuation of the meetings organised by Alison in York in the last few years.

Full program:

Tuesday 16 September: stars and their supernovae

9.30am Arrival (+ coffee)
Stellar evolution and observations:
10.00 Raphael Hirschi (5'): Welcome and introduction to BRIDGCE
10.05 Cyril Georgy (20'+5'): SHYNE project overview
10.30 Andrea Cristini (20'+10'): Convection in stars

11.00 coffee break

11.30 Christ Tout (20'+10'): Overview IoA
12.00 Clare Worley (20'+5'): Gaia-ESO survey
12.25 Anna Zytkow(20'+5'): Discovery of a Thorne-Zytkow object candidate in the Small Magellanic Cloud

1.00 pm Lunch

2.00 Paul Crowther (25'+5'): New results on the Tarantula from VLT/FLAMES and HST/STIS
2.30 Ben Davies (25'+5'): Red Supergiants and the progenitors of II-P SNe
3.00 Lee Patrick (25'+5'): Red Supergiant Stars As Chemical Abundance Probes: First results from NGC6822 from KMOS

3.30 coffee break

4.30 Justyn Maund (25'+5'): A late-time view of the progenitors of core-collapse supernovae
5.00 General discussion

7.00 pm workshop dinner at Borough Arms hotel

Wednesday 17 September: GCE, meteoritic grains and nuclear astrophysics

9.00am Arrival (+ coffee)

9.30 Brad Gibson (25'+10'): overview UCLan
10.05 Chris Jordan (15'+5'): The Galactic Terrestrial Zone
10.25 Torsten Henkel (25'+10'): pre-solar grain and overview Manchester

11.00 break (+ coffee)

11.40 Alex Clarke (15'+5'): pre-solar grains
12.00 Alfredo Estrade (25'+5'): Nuclear astrophysics experiments with unstable ion beams at fragmentation facilities
12.30 Nobuya Nishimura (25'+5'): The r-process nucleosynthesis and Nuclear physics uncertainty studies in SHYNE project

1.00 pm Lunch

2.00 Alison Laird (25'+5'): overview York
2.30 Jessica Tomlinson (20'+10'): Measurement of the 23Na(a,p)26Mg reaction at energies relevant to 26Al production in massive stars and SNIa
3.00 Tzany Kokalova (20'+10'): Carbon-12 recent advances
3.30 Ruchi Garg (15'+5'): Experimental studies of Carbon-12 production in stellar evolution

3.50 coffee break

4.20 General discussion: BRIDGCE: future opportunities

6.00pm The end