We wish to bring to your attention announcement of the Second Workshop on Experimental Laboratory Astrophysics to be held in Poipu, Kauai, Hawaii, February 23-26, 2015.
Contributed talks (30 min) and poster presentations are invited for the ‘Second Workshop on Experimental Laboratory Astrophysics’ in Poipu, Kauai, Hawaii, February 23-26, 2015. 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.
Based on the successful first workshop in 2013, the second workshop features invited (senior and junior researchers) as well as contributed talks covering 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, if these topics can be linked – as evident from the abstract – to laboratory experiments. Also, poster submissions are highly encouraged; this will allow a broad participation of newcomers to the field (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 22, 2015, at 6 pm (Sunday). The hotel will allocate a block of rooms for workshop participants. Reservations must be made by December 1, 2014. Group rates are available three days pre and post group arrival and departure dates.
Transportation: Sheraton Kauai Resort is a short drive (20 minutes) from the airport (LIH). LIH can be reached from LAX, SFO, or HNL.
Registration: Registration and abstract submission open July 1, 2014, with deadlines on December 1, 2014. The registration fee of $ 350 includes the reception, snacks, and a book-of-abstracts; the late registration fee after December 1, 2014, is $ 600. No refunds will be given after December 1, 2014.
Further information will be posted soon.
Brant Jones, University of Hawaii
Murthy Gudipati, JPL
Mark Loeffler, NASA Goddard
Gianfranco Vidali, Syracuse University
Helen Fraser, Open University, UK
Ralf I. Kaiser, University of Hawaii
Naoki Watanabe, University of Hokkaido, Japan
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