During this 3 day workshop in Nice, we will review the impact of the ultra-precise astrometry by Gaia, on our understanding of astro-dynamics, in different domains: binary stars, black holes, galactic dynamics, and solar system.
The format of the workshop is based on invited reviews and contributed talks, and dedicated discussion sessions on hot science topics.
Binary stars: Gaia astrometry of binary stars allow precise determination of stellar masses, an essential ingredient in astronomy, as well as the precise calibration of the first steps of the cosmic distance ladder. When applied to wide binaries, it also allows testing gravity theories.
Black holes: Binary super-massive black holes (SMBH) are important in the framework of galaxy evolution models, but also as potential gravitational wave emitters. Recent analysis of the superb astrometry by VLBI and Gaia found an offset between their centroids in super massive black holes (SMBH). Binary SMBH, recoiling SMBH, VLBI jet components are candidate explanations.
Galactic dynamics: Gaia changed our understanding of the dynamical interactions of the Galactic disc and halo, revealing their rich history. The impact of satellite accretion on the disc and the interpretation of the disc complex kinematic signatures are crucial challenges for Galactic dynamical studies.
Solar System: The accuracy of asteroid astrometry by Gaia and its peculiar properties challenge the traditional approach to orbit computation, but can give access to measurements of Yarkovsky in the Main Belt and a better determination of asteroid masses, providing new constraints to the evolution of the population of small bodies.
The workshop is limited to a maximum of 40 participants.
The workshop will be held at the NEF building on the premises of the Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur, Mont Gros site, Nice, France.
The workshop dates are 4-6 December 2019
The meeting will start at 09.30 on Wednesday 4 Sep and will close around 14.00 on Friday 6
It is organised around the announced topics, and ample slots for discussions are foreseen :
Wednesday Dec 4, 9.30-13: Milky Way
Wednesday Dec 4, 14:30-17:30 Milky Way
Thursday Dec 5, 9-13: Black Holes / Binary stars
Thursday Dec 5, 14:30-17:30: Black Holes / Binary Stars
Friday Dec 6, 9-13: Solar System
We have the pleasure to announce our confirmed invited speakers, that will provide broad reviews about the topics of our workshop:
The list of participants will be updated after registration opens.
Registration will close on Wed 16 October 2019.
Note that there is no registration fee to attend this workshop.
There is some funding available to support participant travel and accommodation costs. Our MW-Gaia Action is following the COST organisation's inclusiveness policies - see https://www.cost.eu/who-we-are/cost-strategy/excellence-and-inclusiveness/ - and will evaluate requests for support against these criteria and the applicants statement as to why their attendance at the workshop will be beneficial to them and/or the other workshop participants.
When registering participants are asked to indicate if they wish to be considered for financial support. If so they need to attach a short 200 word giving an indication of their research interests and why attendance at the workshop will be beneficial to them (and/or the other attendees of the workshop).
We plan to put at the disposal of the participants a shuttle bus riding up to the observatory in the morning and down to Nice town in the evening. The bus will leave from and return to place Blanqui in front of the Riquer railway station, Nice, conveniently placed for hotels in the Est area of the town. As it will correspond to the meeting schedule we recommend its use.
Alternatives exists by public transportations (Bus n. 84 stops close to the observatory gates, ~10 min by foot from the venue - but beware of the schedule) and taxi (particularly expensive in Nice).
Lunches will be available on site at a favourable price, to be paid in advance the first meeting day. At registration you will need to confirm your lunches and you will be able to indicate food restrictions.
Meeting attendees are asked to arrange their own accommodation.
Page updated: NAW/ 20190912
Registration and Abstract Submission Deadline: Wed 16 Oct 2019.