Winter school program for astrophysics students and postdocs in Alicante, Spain. High resolution spectroscopy is a fundamental tool in X-ray Astrophysics. It provides unique plasma diagnostics in a variety of Astrophysical contexts from clusters of galaxies to solar system bodies. Current grating based spectrometers (XMM-RGS, Chandra HETG) provide the highest spectral resolution achievable nowadays. The calorimeters (Hitomi, Athena) will increase the resolution to unprecedented levels opening a new era of X-ray astrophysics that will expand our knowledge of the high energy Universe.
AHEAD aims at providing young astronomers the specific theoretical and practical skills to successfully exploit the current and future generation of X-ray instruments. To this end, world class experts in several fields will deliver lectures and conduct hands on sessions, including analysis of real calorimeter data. The students will have the opportunity to interact with renowned scientists in a highly motivating environment.
Topics: Galaxy clusters, AGNs, Atomic data, Stars, Planets, Current and future X-ray high resolution spectrometers.
Lecturers: Jelle Kaastra, Jelle de Plaa, Norbert Werner, Liyi Gu, Yael Nazé, Graziella Braduardi-Raymont, Didier Barret (TBC).