School of Modern Astrophysics (SOMA-2013)
"Active Galactic Nuclei: observations, theory, and simulations"

PUSHCHINO, July 1-12, 2013


First Announcement
We are happy to announce the Ninth International Summer School of Modern Astrophysics. The school takes place on 1 - 12 July 2013 at the Radio Astronomy Observatory in Pushchino located a two hour drive away from downtown Moscow. The school is primarily aimed at graduate students and postdocs and will be limited to about 40 participants. The working language of the school is English.

This year the summer school covers theory and observations of active galactic nuclei (AGN). At first, the school will provide an overview of multi-wavelength observations of AGN and include practice sessions that will give the participants hands-on experience in analyzing radio observations carried out with very long baseline interferometers (VLBI) and the recently launched ''Radioastron'' satellite. On the theory side, the participants will learn the fundamentals and recent developments in the understanding of AGN central engines, including black hole accretion and relativistic ejection, and will get hands-on experience in constructing first-principles models of these astrophysical systems using magnetized fluid dynamics numerical methods.

Applications can be made at http://school.prao.ru. Deadline: May 25, 2013 (deadline past). Notifications of selected participants will be sent out by 27 May 2013. Preference will be given to those actively working in the field of the astrophysics of compact objects. While there is no registration fee, the participants might be required to pay for local expenses (board and lodging). Limited financial support will be available.

Lecturers:

V.S. Beskin (Lebedev institute, Moscow), “Electrodynamics of compact objects” (plan)
C. Gwinn (UC Santa Barbara), “Interstellar scattering and interferometry” (plan)
Y.Y. Kovalev (Astro Space Center of Lebedev Inst., Russia), “Active Galactic Nuclei - observations”
I.G. Kovalenko (Volgograd U., Russia), “Numerical and Analytical Models of Accretion Flows”
M.V. Popov (Astro Space Center of Lebedev Inst., Russia), “The basic principles of SVLBI data reduction” (plan)
S.S. Komissarov (U. of Leeds, UK), “Dynamics of Relativistic Magnetized Plasma”
A. Tchekhovskoy (Princeton U., USA), “Numerical Modeling of Astrophysical Plasma Flows”

Program Committee:

A.V. Gurevich (Chair), D.A. Varshalovich, V.V. Zheleznyakov, L.M. Zeleny, N.S. Kardashev, A.M. Cherepashchuk, V.S. Beskin, V.A. Dogiel, V.N. Lukash, V.V. Kocharovsky, D.I. Nagirner, D.G. Yakovlev

Local Committee:

R.D. Dagkesamansky, V.A. Izvekova, V.R. Shutenkov