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Cargese School 2013

Cosmic Accelerators

April 29 - May 8, 2013

Scientific Rationale

The particle acceleration mechanisms and the associated radiative processes that are at play in numerous phenomena observed in different astrophysical objects (e.g. AGNs, micro-quasars, GRBs, SNRs, pulsars and PWNe) are often very similar, but they take place on different time scales, distances, as well as in very different environments. Historically the phenomenology associated to the different sources has been studied in a specific way. Nevertheless, many methods (e.g. simulations, data analysis, analytical solutions) and theoretical concepts could and should be shared among the different communities in order to facilitate the progress in the particle acceleration field. The school is aimed mainly at PHD students and young post-docs with the goal of providing them with a global view of the particle acceleration problem, and to help them to make the fundamental connections between communities, in order to have a more comprehensive approach to the proposed scientific theme.

The lectures will mainly deal with the following scientific topics:

  • Observational properties of non-thermal high-energy astrophysical sources, from keV to TeV
  • Detailed presentation of some classes of astrophysical sources (PWNs, SNRs, GRBs, AGNs, CRs, INs)
  • Radiative processes (including synchrotron, inverse Compton scattering, pair production, Bremsstrahlung)
  • Acceleration mechanisms (Fermi I & II, magnetic reconnection, charge separation, Pointing flux, rotating magnetic fields, jets)
  • MHD simulations: Monte-Carlo, PIC (particle in cell), hybrid

  • The future challenges: future instruments, open questions

To contact the organizers sent an email to diego.gotz at

High resolution poster in PDF: File:Cargese poster hi res.pdf Low resolution poster in PDF: File:Cargese poster low res.pdf
Cargese poster web.jpg