Objectives

This Symposium is intended to synthesize the state-of-the art of the field of laboratory astrophysics, and discuss open questions to be solved in the next decade. In particular, the meeting will stress how laboratory studies can best address the needs of astronomy and stimulate new observations. This will be a truly multidisciplinary symposium that will bring together astronomers with theoretical and experimental chemists and physicists to discuss the state-of-the-art research in their respective disciplines and how their combined expertise can address important open questions in astronomy and astrophysics that derive from astronomical observations with new instruments (e.g., unidentified astronomical spectral features) and from sample return analysis (e.g., from comets, asteroids and meteorites, etc.).

To this end, the invited and contributed presentations at the meeting will range from those in fundamental chemistry and physics to those where astronomers demonstrate the ways in which their own work is or has benefitted from laboratory astrophysics.

Our symposium is grouped around 5 astronomical themes:

  • Star formation and the cosmic matter cycle in the near universe
  • Solar System formation and the pre-solar nebula
  • Protoplanetary disks, debris disks and solar system
  • Stars, stellar populations, and stellar explosions
  • Reaching beyond our galaxy: from extra galactic chemistry to dark matter

The areas of fundamental science of most relevance to the topics covered include research driven by, e.g. high energy physics, plasma physics/chemistry, nuclear physics, condensed matter, granular matter, Atomic and molecular physics, (high-resolution) spectroscopy, surface science and catalysis, atmospheric chemistry, molecular dynamics simulations, quantum chemistry calculations, or large-scale kinetic and chemical modelling, which may not even originally have been astronomically motivated.

In this regard our Symposium is highly interdisciplinary, and reaches an even wider audience than that typically anticipated at IAU events.

In addition the meeting will consider issues of data storage and access, particularly public databases which provide the highest scientific return across fields to both the laboratory scientists and for astronomers in accessing data.

Finally the meeting will include a programme of Education and Public Outreach