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ORP School on Multi-messenger Astrophysics

Durham University, UK

2 - 6 September 2024

The ORP Multi-messenger Astrophysics School will take place at the Department of Physics in Durham University , UK on 2 - 6 September 2024.

With the existing and planned large astronomical research infrastructure covering the full electromagnetic spectrum (e.g., XMM-Newton, VLT, ELT, JWST, ALMA, Square Kilometre Array, Cherenkov Telescope Array) the importance of multi-wavelength studies has greatly increased. At the same time, the recent detection of gravitational waves, and their optical counter parts, have really set focus on multi-messenger astrophysics. This is further enhanced by the neutrinos detected from astronomical sources, and the regular use of high energy gamma-rays in astrophysical research. In this school we will cover all the electromagnetic radiation from high energy gamma-rays to radio, and also include neutrino and gravitational wave astrophysics.

This school is aimed at astronomy/physics students who want to learn more about astrophysical observations at other wavebands and messengers. The school is mainly meant for PhD students, but also MSc students and young postdocs are encouraged to apply.

Some of the hands-on exercises require that the accepted partcipants take their own laptop with them. We will provide the accepted participants detailed instructions on how to install the software that is needed in the exercises.

Durham University

Image credit: Durham University

How to Apply


You can apply to this school using this application page. The application deadline for this school is on Friday 14th of June 2024, and all the applicants will be notified about the selection by the end of June 2024.

Note that we usually have many people applying to the NEON Observing Schools. Therefore, it is important that you motivate your application well and also have a recommendation letter sent to the organisers by the application deadline.

Preliminary Programme

Sunday
1 Sep

Evening Arrival in Durham

Monday
2 Sep

09:00 - 09:15 Welcome and logistics
09:15 - 09:45 Introduction of students/teachers/tutors
09:45 - 11:15 Optical/infrared astronomy in multi-messenger science
11:15 - 11:45 Break
11:45 - 13:15 Planning follow-up observations for optical facilities
13:15 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 16:00 Hands-on work on planning follow-up observation
16:00 - 16:30 Break
16:30 - 18:30 Hands-on work on optical data

Tuesday
3 Sep

09:30 - 11:00 Introduction to radio astronomy
11:00 - 11:30 Break
11:30 - 13:00 Radio astronomy in transients and multi-messenger science
13:00 - 13:45 Lunch
13:45 - 14:00 Small walk
14:00 - 14:30 Planning follow-up observations for radio facilities
14:30 - 16:00 Hands-on work on LOFAR data
16:00 - 16:30 Break
16:30 - 18:30 Hands-on work on LOFAR data (continued)

Wednesday
4 Sep

09:30 - 11:00 Introduction to high energy gamma-ray observations
11:00 - 11:30 Break
11:30 - 13:00 Introduction to the tools used in gamma-ray astrophysics
13:00 - 13:45 Lunch
13:45 - 14:00 Small walk
14:00 - 16:00 Hands-on work on FERMI data
16:00 - 16:30 Break
16:30 - 18:30 Hands-on work on MAGIC data

Thursday
5 Sep

09:30 - 11:00 Introduction to neutrino astrophysics
11:00 - 11:30 Break
11:30 - 12:30 Neutrino observations with IceCube
12:30 - 13:15 Lunch
13:15 - 13:30 Small walk
13:30 - 16:00 Hands-on work on IceCube data
16:00 - 18:00 Intorduction to Durham University
19:00 - 19:45 School dinner
19:45 - 20:15 Dinner talk

Friday
6 Sep

09:30 - 11:00 Introduction to X-ray astronomy
11:00 - 11:30 Break
11:30 - 13:00 Introduction to gravitational wave astrophysics
13:00 - 13:45 Lunch
13:45 - 14:00 Small walk
14:00 - 15:15 Multi-messenger observations from electromagnetic radiation to neutrinos and gravitational waves
15:15 - 15:45 Panel discussion on multi-messenger observations
15:45 - 16:00 Closing remarks

SOC

Anthony Brown, Univeristy of Durham, UK
Heidi Korhonen, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Germany (co-chair)
Elina Lindfors, Univeristy of Turku, Finland
Sheridan Lloyd, Univeristy of Durham, UK
Roberto Pizzo, ASTRON, the Netherlands (co-chair)
Cameron Rulten, Univeristy of Durham, UK
Martin Ward, Univeristy of Durham, UK

LOC

Anthony Brown, Univeristy of Durham, UK
Sheridan Lloyd, Univeristy of Durham, UK
Shufei Rowe, Univeristy of Durham, UK
Cameron Rulten, Univeristy of Durham, UK (chair)
Martin Ward, Univeristy of Durham, UK

Lecturers and tutors

TBA

Contact: send a message to the main organiser.