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

Europe/Madrid
Salon Actos (Universe)

Salon Actos

Universe

IFIC
Descripción
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.
    • 9:30 10:00
      Opening session Salon Actos

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      • 9:30
        Opening Session 30m
        Ponentes: Carmen Vela Olmo (Secretary of State of I+D+i (MINECO)), Emilio Lora-Tamayo (President of CSIC), Prof. Esteban MORCILLO SANCHEZ (Rector of the University of Valencia), Juan Jose Hernandez (IFIC), Lourdes Verdes-Montenegro (Coordinator of the Spanish participation in SKA (IAA-CSIC)), Vicent Martínez (RIA Coordinator (Observatori Astrònomic, UV))
        Slides
    • 10:00 11:00
      SKA Salon Actos

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      Moderador: Prof. Antxon Alberdi (IAA-CSIC)
      • 10:00
        Overview of the Square Kilometre Array 30m
        Ponente: Prof. Philip J. Diamond (SKA Director General (University of Manchester))
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      • 10:30
        The Spanish participation in the SKA 30m
        Ponente: Prof. LOURDES VERDES-MONTENEGRO (IAA/CSIC, Spain)
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    • 11:00 11:30
      Coffee Break 30m Salon Actos

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    • 11:30 12:30
      Cradle of Life/Astrobiology Salon Actos

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      Moderador: Dr. Carlos Peña-Garay (I2SysBio/CSIC-UV and LSC)
      • 11:30
        Using SKA to decipher the chemical and granulometric distribution of dust in protoplanetary disks, to be compared with the chondrite evidence 30m
        Ponente: Prof. Josep TRIGO-RODRIGUEZ (IEEC/CSIC, Spain)
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      • 12:00
        SKA and the Cradle of Life 30m
        In this talk I will provide a review of the current activities and future plans of the Cradle of Life working group. The deployment of the high frequency Band 5 receivers of the SKA will enable key science in the field of planet formation and Astrobiology. While the unprecedented high-angular resolution of SKA1-Mid will allow to image the thermal emission of centimetre-sized dust particles across the water snow line in nearby systems, its improved sensitivity with respect to current instrumentation will allow us to search for pre-biotic species such as formamide in proto-planetary disks and planet-sized fragments. On the other hand, the low frequency capabilities of SKA-Low can be used to study the magnetic fields of exolanets via their auroral synchrotron emission, which can provide information about their internal structure. These low frequency observations will also enable commensal SETI searches of technologically advanced signals down to levels of typical airport radars.
        Ponente: Dr. Izaskun Jimenez Serra (Queen Mary University of London, UK)
        Slides
        In this talk I will provide a review of the current activities and future plans of the Cradle of Life working group. The deployment of the high frequency Band 5 receivers of the SKA will enable key science in the field of planet formation and Astrobiology. While the unprecedented high-angular resolution of SKA1-Mid will allow to image the thermal emission of centimetre-sized dust particles across the water snow line in nearby systems, its improved sensitivity with respect to current instrumentation will allow us to search for pre-biotic species such as formamide in proto-planetary disks and planet-sized fragments. On the other hand, the low frequency capabilities of SKA-Low can be used to study the magnetic fields of exolanets via their auroral synchrotron emission, which can provide information about their internal structure. These low frequency observations will also enable commensal SETI searches of technologically advanced signals down to levels of typical airport radars.
         
    • 12:30 13:00
      HI and Galaxy evolution Science Salon Actos

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      Moderador: Dr. Carlos Peña-Garay (I2SysBio/CSIC-UV and LSC)
      • 12:30
        HI and Galaxy evolution Science 30m
        Ponente: Prof. Lourdes VERDES-MONTENEGRO (IAA/CSIC, Spain)
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    • 13:00 14:00
      Lunch Break 1h Salon Actos

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    • 14:00 14:30
      Short Talks Poster Session Salon Actos

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      Moderador: Dr. Samuel Witte (IFIC)
      • 14:00
        WDM and the Ionization History of the Universe 5m
        Ponente: Pablo Villanueva Domingo (IFIC/CSIC-UV)
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      • 14:05
        Probing the neutral gas reservoir with current and future HI galaxy surveys 5m
        Ponente: Michael Jones (IAA - CSIC)
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      • 14:10
        Radio synchtrotron spectra of star forming galaxies 10m
        Ponente: Ute Lisenfeld (University of Granada)
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      • 14:20
        Unveiling the reionization epoch using CMB Stage IV multifrequency data 10m
        Ponente: Carlos Hernández-Monteagudo (CEFCA)
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    • 14:30 15:00
      CTA-SKA Synergies Salon Actos

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      Moderador: Dr. Samuel Witte (IFIC)
      • 14:30
        Science Synergies between SKA, CTA and Athena 30m
        Ponente: Dr. Ivan Agudo (IAA/CSIC, Spain)
    • 15:00 15:30
      Cosmic Magnetism Salon Actos

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      Moderador: Dr. Samuel Witte (IFIC)
      • 15:00
        Cosmic magnetism 30m
        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.
        Ponente: Prof. KUNZE KERSTIN (Universidad de Salamanca, Spain)
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    • 15:30 16:30
      Extragalactic continuum Salon Actos

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      Moderador: Dr. Samuel Witte (IFIC)
      • 15:30
        Extragalactic continuum 30m
        Ponente: Prof. Antxon Alberdi (IAA/CSIC, Spain)
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      • 16:00
        Radio Continuum Surveys of Feedback in Galaxies 30m
        Ponente: Dr. Fatemeh Tabatabaei (IAC/CSIC, Spain)
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    • 16:30 17:30
      Panel Discussion Salon Actos

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      Moderadores: Prof. Asunción Fuente (IAN/IGN, Spain), Prof. Guillem Anglada (IAA/CSIC, Spain), Prof. Jorge Sánchez-Almeida (IAC/CSIC, Spain), Prof. Ute Lisenfeld (University of Granada)
    • 19:00 20:00
      Public Talk at the Museo de las Ciencias, Lourdes Verdes Montenegro 1h Salon Actos

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  • martes, 7 noviembre
    • 9:30 10:00
      Radio transients Salon Actos

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      Moderador: Dr. Aaron Vincent (IFIC)
      • 9:30
        The Transient Universe with the Square Kilometer Array 30m
        The SKA as currently designed will be a ground-breaking facility for radio transient studies. I will give an overview of the possibilities for transient and variable-source astrophysics with the Square Kilometre Array. I will focus on a few scientific topics that will highlight to aspects that may result in a dramatic increase of the scientific return: the addition of near-real-time commensal searches of data streams for events, and (ii) rapid robotic response to Target-of-Opprtunity like triggers
        Ponente: Dr. Miguel Angel Pérez-Torres (IAA/CSIC, Spain)
        Diapositivas
    • 10:00 10:30
      Solar System Objects Salon Actos

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      Moderador: Dr. Aaron Vincent
      • 10:00
        The potential of SKA to detect the thermal emission of distant Solar System objects 30m
        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.
        Ponente: Dr. Pablo Santos Sanz (IAA/CSIC, Spain)
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    • 10:30 11:00
      Cosmology Salon Actos

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      Moderador: Dr. Aaron Vincent (IFIC)
      • 10:30
        Cosmology with radio continuum and HI galaxy surveys, and synergies with CMB probes 30m
        Ponente: Prof. Diego Herranz (Instituto de Física de Cantabria)
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    • 11:00 11:30
      Coffee Break 30m Salon Actos

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    • 11:30 12:00
      Epoch of Reionization Salon Actos

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      Moderador: Dr. Sergio Palomares-Ruiz (IFIC/CSIC-UV)
      • 11:30
        SKA and the Epoch of Reionization 30m
        Observations in the 21-cm line can probe different phases of reionization: an initial one where the atomic medium is cold and is seen in absorption at the highest redshifts, and the later signal of 21-cm emission from a heated medium before it is ionized. The emission signal is the easier one to observe in upcoming years, and it can arise from low-density regions that are less ionized than high-density ones, but also from high-density clumps that are more abundant in high-density regions, associated with sites of galaxy formation that can be observed also as damped Lyman alpha absorbers. Cross-correlation studies with other sources and emission lines will be essential to understand the origin of the 21-cm signal when it is detected.
        Ponente: Prof. Jordi Miranda-Escudé (ICREA & IEC, UB, Spain)
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    • 12:00 13:00
      Cosmology-Particle Physics Interplay Salon Actos

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      Moderador: Dr. Sergio Palomares-Ruiz (IFIC/CSIC-UV)
      • 12:00
        Dark Matter annihilation and the 21 cm signal 30m
        Ponente: Prof. Laura lopez Honorez (VUB)
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      • 12:30
        Weighing neutrinos with HI 30m
        I will show the impact of neutrino masses on the abundance and clustering properties of cosmic neutral hydrogen, that we have studied through high-resolution hydrodynamic simulations. I will point out that their effect can be understood taking into account the signatures neutrinos leave of halo properties. I will also present some forecasts showing that 21cm data from SKA can be used to place very competitive bounds on the sum of the neutrino masses.
        Ponente: Dr. FRANCISCO VILLAESCUSA (Center for Computational Astrophysics, NY, US)
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    • 13:00 14:00
      Lunch break 1h Salon Actos

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    • 14:00 14:30
      Fundamental Physics with Pulsars Salon Actos

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      • 14:00
        Fundamental Physics with Pulsars 30m
        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.
        Ponente: Prof. Jason Hessels
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    • 14:30 15:30
      Panel Discussion Salon Actos

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      Moderadores: Prof. Carlos Hernández-Monteagudo (CEFCA, Spain), Dr. Francisco Villaescusa (Center for Computational Astrophysics, NY, US), Prof. Nanda REA (IEEC/CSIC, Spain), Dr. Sergio Palomares Ruiz (IFIC/CSIC-UV), Stefano Gariazzo (IFIC UV/CSIC)
    • 15:30 16:00
      Concluding remarks Salon Actos

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      Moderador: Sra. Olga Mena Mena (IFIC/CSIC-UV)
      • 15:30
        Concluding remarks 30m
        Ponentes: Jesús Martín-Pintado (RIA Radioastronomy Infrastructures Coordinator (INTA-CAB-CSIC)), Jose Carlos Guirado (Observatori Astronòmic Director, UV), Lourdes Verdes-Montenegro (Coordinator of the Spanish participation in the SKA (IAA-CSIC))
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