Asteroseismology with large time-resolved astronomical surveyes, 19-21 September 2012, Leuven, Belgium




International workshop in Leuven, Belgium, 19-21 September 2012


A large number of state-of-the-art surveys are almost continuously monitoring large parts of the sky, often in multiple passbands, leading to huge time-resolved databases. A few famous examples: the OGLE project regularly monitored more than 160 million stars in the galactic bulge and the Magellanic Clouds, the SuperWASP survey is gathering time series of about 30 million objects. The CoRoT and Kepler space missions are staring at fields near the galactic plane containing up to 12,000 respectively 150,000 stars.

Not surprisingly, with these databases the number of new detected oscillating stars is skyrocketing. For example, the OGLE project was able to detect more than 16,000 RR Lyrae stars in the Galactic Bulge, more than 1,300 delta Scuti stars in the LMC, and more than 3,000 classical Cepheids in the LMC. In the CoRoT and Kepler exoplanet fields, almost 20,000 non-radially pulsating red giants have been recently reported.

Several other time-resolved surveys are being set up or carried out, such as VVV, LSST and Gaia. From 2013 on, the latter mission will gather time series for a breathtaking 1 billion targets up to magnitude 20. For this mission the expectations are even higher: 15,000 SPB variables, more than 60,000 delta Scuti stars, 70,000 RR Lyr stars, up to 8,000 classical Cepheids, about 200,000 LPVs, and more.

The goal of this workshop is to bring together the relevant scientific expertise to prepare for a new era of time-resolved astronomy with an emphasis on variable stars.

More Information

Details can be found at here.

Registration Deadline

The deadline for registration is June 1, 2012.

Note that the maximum capacity is 40 persons, after which the registration will be closed.

The scientific organizing committee,

Joris De Ridder, Belgium, chair
Gisella Clementini, Italy
Laurent Eyer, Switzerland
Don Kurtz, UK
Eric Michel, France
Marc-Antoine Dupret, Belgium
André Moitinho de Almeida, Portugal
Andrzej Pigulski, Poland
Anne Thoul, Belgium