Atomic processes and spectral modelling in astrophysics
31st August 2015 – 4th September 2015
Astrophysics Research Centre, School of Mathematics and Physics, Queen’s University Belfast
Spectroscopy makes an essential contribution to the study of a myriad of astronomical sources, ranging from the Sun to the most distant quasars. Modelling of the emission and/or absorption line spectra of such sources provides a wealth of information on their fundamental properties, including (but not limited to) velocity, temperature, particle density and chemical composition.
Vital requirements for the reliable modelling of astronomical spectra include:
It is essential that researchers are trained in all of the above, so that they may be in a position to fully exploit the current and future spectroscopic instrumentation that is available to support their research programmes. Researchers also need to understand spectral modelling codes such as CHIANTI and CLOUDY, so that they use these appropriately and not as simple ‘black boxes’.
The STFC Introductory Summer School is designed to play a vital role in the early training of both PhD students and postdoctoral researchers in astrophysics by providing:
We gratefully acknowledge sponsorship of the STFC Introductory School from: