MPA/ESO/MPE/Excellence Cluster Universe Conference on
Supernovae Illuminating the Universe: from Individuals to Populations



10-14 September 2012

Garching bei München, Germany

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The conference will cover all aspects of supernova research and in particular the advances of the past decade. 25 years after SN 1987A a rich diversity of stellar explosion phenomena is known or hypothesized. There are several subclasses and a marked variability amongst thermonuclear supernovae with indications of deflagrations as well as delayed detonations occurring in nature. The first pair-instability supernovae and pulsational explosions have probably been observed recently. Also, a connection of very faint explosions with novae is emerging. All known aspects of supernova explosions will be investigated. The range covers from the theoretical ideas of stellar evolution without metals, core collapses and instabilities, the observational information on progenitor systems and a manifest variety of thermonuclear supernovae, traces of the enriched end products in the most metal-poor stars to search programmes for finding more supernovae.

Understanding the physics of supernova explosions remains a challenge, despite the fact that the most likely sources of energy needed to drive such powerful stellar outbursts, i.e. gravitational binding and/or thermonuclear burning, are known since decades. But also, over several decades, the problem of supernova physics was not so much a lack of models but their reliability. Among the problems are the facts that for most supernova models hydrodynamic instabilities play a key role and numerical experiments to explore certain ideas have to be 3-dimensional, defining challenges for the dynamical modeling and radiative transfer analysis.

Specific focus of the conference will be on supernova and transient searches,
event rates, stellar evolution scenarios leading to explosions,
explosion modeling, and the evidence that can be gained from observations of explosion remnants.

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Invited Speakers:

Carles Badenes (University of Pittsburgh), Roger Chevalier (University of Virginia), Laura Chomiuk (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), Luc Dessart (Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille, France), Robert Fesen (Darthmouth College, Hanover), Alexander Heger (University of Minnesota), Raphael Hirschi (Keele University), Josefin Larsson (Stockholm University), Dan Maoz (Tel Aviv University), Justyn Maund (Queen's University Belfast), Paolo Mazzali (INAF - Padua/ MPA Garching), Maryam Modjaz (Columbia University), Bernhard Müller (MPA Garching), Kenichi Nomoto (Tokyo University), Ashley Ruiter (MPA Garching), Stuart Sim (ANU), Nathan Smith (University of Arizona), Alicia M. Soderberg (Harvard University), Mark Sullivan (Oxford University), John Craig Wheeler (University of Texas at Austin)

Scientific Advisory Committee:

A. Decourchelle, R. Diehl, C. Fransson, W. Hillebrandt (Chair), H. Janka, D. Kasen, B. Kirshner, K. Kotake, N. Langer, B. Leibundgut (co-Chair), M. Leising, E. Müller, F. Patat, M. Phillips, F. Röpke, S. Smartt, A. Soderberg

Local Organizing Committee:

R. Diehl (MPE), J. Greiner (MPE), W. Hillebrandt (MPA), H. Janka (MPA), B. Leibundgut (ESO), A. Müller (Excellence Cluster Universe), E. Müller (MPA), F. Patat (ESO), C. Rickl (MPA)

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