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First Workshop on

‘Experimental Laboratory Astrophysics’

Poipu, Kauai, Hawaii, February 25-27
, 2013

 

During the last decade, significant new experimental techniques have been developed to investigate the interaction of ionizing radiation (UV, VUV, gamma rays, charged particles) and of neutrals (atoms, radicals, molecules, grains) with surfaces of solids (ices, minerals, carbonaceous compounds) in the Solar System and in the Interstellar Medium (ISM). These processes provide new fun­damental insights – sometimes on the molecular level - into the processes that are critical to the chemistry in the ISM, star and planet forming regions, and on/in icy objects in the Solar Sys­tem from the formation of the simplest molecule (molecular hydrogen) to astrobiologically important species such as amino acids and sugars. There is an increasing convergence of interests of these fields, so a ‘united’, bi-annual workshop is highly desired.

The first workshop features invited (senior and junior researchers) as well as contributed talks focusing on the interaction of ionizing radiation (UV, VUV, gamma rays, charged particles) and neutrals (atoms, radicals, molecules, grains) with low temperature solids (ices, minerals, organics). The talks can be extended to observations, modeling, and electronic structure calculations, but only if these topics can be directly linked – as evident from the abstract – to laboratory experiments. Poster submissions are highly encouraged; this will allow a broad participation of newcomers to the field (Ph.D. students, postdocs).

Accommodation: The workshop will take place in the Sheraton Kauai Resort  in Poipu, Kauai, Hawaii, starting with a reception and registration on February 24, 2013, at 6 pm. The hotel will allocate a block of rooms for workshop participants. Reservations must be made by December 1, 2012. Group rates are available three days pre and post group arrival and departure dates. Please book the room on line by clocking the link to the Room Reservation.

Transportation: Sheraton Kauai Resort is a short drive (20 minutes) from the airport (LIH). LIH can be reached from LAX, SFO, or HNL.

 

Registration: The registration deadline is November 1, 2012.  The registration fee of $ 250 includes the reception, snacks, and a book-of-abstracts. Please submit the following Registration Form.

Abstract: Please email your abstract as a one-page pdf file to Ralf Kaiser by November 1,2012 (abstract form).

For additional questions, please email Ralf Kaiser (Univ. Hawaii), Brant Jones (Univ. Hawaii), Gianfranco Vidali (Syracuse University), Raul Baragiola (Univ. Virginia),  Sergio Pilling (Univ. do Vale do Paraiba), or Dag Hanstorp (Univ. Gotheburg, Sweden).  We are looking forward to seeing you on Kauai in 2013.

 

Book of Abstracts

 

 

The Organizers

 

 

Ralf I. Kaiser, University of Hawaii

 

Brant Jones, University of Hawaii

 

Gianfranco Vidali, Syracuse University

 

Raul Baragiola, University of Virginia

 

Sergio Pilling, Universidade do Vale do Paraíba

 

Dag Hanstorp, University of Gotheburg, Sweden

 

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