28 January 2014
We are pleased to announce the Cloudy Summer School 2014, which will be held in the School of Mathematics and Physics at Queen's University Belfast. This will be the first European-based Summer School and hence is a good opportunity for people in the UK to attend at relatively low cost.
Nearly all of the quantitative information we have about the cosmos is the result of the analysis of spectra. We can directly measure the temperature, density, pressure or composition of a cloud of gas or a star, using a telescope and a spectrometer. This Summer School will go over some basics of spectroscopy, with an emphasis on emission-line regions such as star-forming regions, AGB stars, Active Galactic Nuclei and Starburst galaxies, and the intergalactic medium.
We will cover both the theory of diffuse non-LTE matter, quantitative spectroscopy (the science of using spectra to make physical measurements), and using Cloudy to understand an object and its spectrum. The sessions will consist of a mix of textbook study (using Osterbrock & Ferland, Astrophysics of Gaseous Nebulae and Active Galactic Nuclei), application of the spectral-simulation code Cloudy to a variety of astrophysical problems, and projects organized by the participants. No prior experience with Cloudy is assumed.
For further information and to enroll please follow the weblink: http://cloud9.pa.uky.edu/~gary/cloudy/CloudySummerSchool/
Local contact - Professor Francis Keenan, Astrophysics Research Centre. Email email@example.com