RIA Meeting: Physics opportunities with a new universe’s view: the SKA radio telescope

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The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will be a multi-purpose radio-interferometer with a collecting area of 1 square kilometre, distributed over a distance of at least 3000 km, co-located in Africa and Australia. Qualified as landmark project in the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) and high-priority in the ASTRONET roadmaps, SKA is a unique science instrument, with up to 10 times more sensitivity, and hundred times faster survey capabilities than current radio- interferometers, that will provide leading edge science in the 21st century involving multiple science disciplines. The physics cases of this future multidisciplinary powerful telescope include Cosmology and Large Scale Structure, Epoch of Reionization (EoR), Galaxy evolution, Milky Way physics, Cosmic magnetism, Stellar Astrophysics and the Cradle of Life.

The high commitment from the Spanish community to SKA is clearly shown in the “Spanish SKA White Book”, published in 2015, which counted with the participation of 120 Spanish astronomers from 40 research centres. Nowadays 24 Spanish astrophysicists are members of 9 out of the 11 SKA Science Working Groups and more than 20 Spanish institutions and companies contribute to 7 out of 11 international SKA design consortia. A representative of MINECO is regularly invited to the SKA Board meetings since 2014. In 2016 a report was produced for the Evaluation of the participation of Spain in the SKA by the Secretary of State with a positive outcome. This has been followed by open and fluent negotiations with the SKA Organization, to find out the best way to join SKA as Full Member.

A call for Key Science Projects (KSP) will be issued by 2019. These KSPs will be using 50-75% of observation time during the first 5 years of SKA activity. Hence it is crucial that the Spanish scientific community actively participates in the preparation of proposals for KSPs by exploiting the fruitful synergies between SKA and its precursors (MeerKAT, ASKAP, MWA and HERA) and ongoing and future national and international astrophysical and cosmological observatories (E-ELT, ALMA, Chandra, MAGIC, CTA) and surveys (CALIFA, JPAS).

The major goal of this meeting is to maximize the interplay between the SKA Science and the Particle, Astroparticle, Planetary Sciences, Astrobiology and the Cosmology communities, going beyond radioastronomers and even astronomers.
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  • Monday, 6 November 2017
    • 09:20 - 09:30 Opening
      Convener: Ms. Olga Mena Mena (IFIC/CSIC-UV), Juan Jose Hernandez (IFIC)
    • 09:30 - 10:00 Opening session
    • 10:00 - 11:00 SKA
      • 10:00 Overview of the Square Kilometre Array 30'
        Speaker: Prof. Philip Diamond
      • 10:30 The Spanish participation in the SKA 30'
        Speaker: Prof. LOURDES VERDES-MONTENEGRO (IAA/CSIC, Spain)
    • 11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break
    • 11:30 - 12:30 Cradle of Life/Astrobiology
      • 11:30 Using SKA to decipher the chemical and granulometric distribution of dust in protoplanetary disks, to be compared with the chondrite evidence 30'
        Speaker: Prof. Josep TRIGO (IEEC/CSIC, Spain)
      • 12:00 TBA 30'
        Speaker: Dr. Izaskun Jimenez Serra (UQML, UK)
    • 12:30 - 13:00 HI and Galaxy evolution Science
      • 12:30 TBA 30'
        Speaker: Prof. Lourdes VERDES-MONTENEGRO (IAA/CSIC, Spain)
    • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break
    • 14:00 - 14:30 Short Talks Poster Session
    • 14:30 - 15:00 CTA-SKA Synergies
      • 14:30 TBA 30'
        Speaker: Dr. Ivan Agudo (IAA/CSIC, Spain)
    • 15:00 - 15:30 Cosmic Magnetism
      • 15:00 Cosmic magnetism 30'
        Magnetic fields are observed on nearly all scales in the universe, from stars and galaxies upto galaxy clusters and even beyond. The origin of cosmic magnetic fields is still an open question, however a large class of models puts its origin in the very early universe. Observations of the CMB, LSS and 21 cm line can be used to constrain the magnetic field parameters.
        Speaker: Prof. KUNZE KERSTIN (Universidad de Salamanca, Spain)
    • 15:30 - 16:30 Extragalactic continuum
      • 15:30 TBA 30'
        Speaker: Prof. Antxon Alberdi (IAA/CSIC, Spain)
      • 16:00 TBA 30'
        Speaker: Dr. Fatemeh Tabatabaei (IAC/CSIC, Spain)
    • 16:30 - 17:30 Panel Discussion
      Convener: Prof. Asunción Fuente (IAN/IGN, Spain), Prof. Jorge Sánchez-Almeida (IAC/CSIC, Spain), Prof. Guillem Anglada (IAA/CSIC, Spain)
    • 19:00 - 20:00 Public Talk at the Museo de las Ciencias, Lourdes Verdes Montenegro
  • Tuesday, 7 November 2017
    • 09:00 - 09:30 Radio transients
      • 09:00 TBA 30'
        Speaker: Dr. Miguel Angel Pérez-Torres (IAA/CSIC, Spain)
    • 09:30 - 10:00 Solar System Objects
      • 09:30 The potential of SKA to detect the thermal emission of distant Solar System objects 30'
        The feasibility of SKA to measure the thermal emission of distant and cold Solar System objects, such as Trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs) and Centaurs, is investigated in terms of the different wavelengths and expected sensitivities. These thermal measurements would allow to obtain information, via thermal or thermophysical modeling, of sizes, albedos and thermal properties of TNOs and Centaurs. The results that can be obtained with SKA are complementary and extend those obtained by the Herschel Space Observatory within its observing key programme called 'TNOs are Cool: a survey of the transneptunian region' from which we derived sizes, albedos and thermal properties of 140 distant Solar System objects.
        Speaker: Dr. Pablo Santos (IAA/CSIC, Spain)
    • 10:00 - 11:00 21cm Cosmology
      • 10:00 TBA 30'
        Speaker: Prof. Matteo Viel (SISSA and INAF, INFN, Italy)
      • 10:30 TBA 30'
        Speaker: Prof. Diego Herranz (IFCA/Universidad de Cantabria, Spain)
    • 11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break
    • 11:30 - 12:00 Epoch of Reionization
      • 11:30 TBA 30'
        Speaker: Prof. Jordi Miranda-Escudé (ICREA & IEC, UB, Spain)
    • 12:00 - 13:00 Cosmology-Particle Physics Interplay
      • 12:00 TBA 30'
        Speaker: Prof. Laura lopez Honorez (VUB)
      • 12:30 TBA 30'
        Speaker: Dr. FRANCISCO VILLAESCUSA (Center for Computational Astrophysics, NY, US)
    • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch break
    • 14:00 - 14:30 Fundamental Physics with Pulsars
      • 14:00 Fundamental Physics with Pulsars 30'
        Pulsars have proven to be unique and powerful laboratories for studying fundamental physics.  In this talk, I will describe how SKA can deliver the next breakthroughs by discovering a large fraction of the Galactic pulsar population and thereby finding the ultimate `pulsar laboratories' for testing gravitational theories, probing the dense matter equation of state, and studying neutron star magnetospheres.
        Speaker: Prof. Jason Hessels
    • 14:30 - 15:30 Panel Discussion
      Convener: Dr. Sergio Palomares-Ruiz (CFTP - Instituto Superior Tecnico), Dr. Carlos Peña Garay (IFIC), Prof. Carlos Hernández-Monteagudo (CEFCA, Spain), Prof. Nanda REA (IEEC/CSIC, Spain)
    • 15:30 - 16:00 Concluding remarks