Computational AstroChemistry - a New Era?
A meeting of the Astrophysical Chemistry Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Royal Astronomical Society.
The huge expansion in the UK's HEI computing power and the recent STFC High Performance Computing award to UCL and Manchester to support Astrochemical data modelling for the JCMT Spectral Line Survey Programme and Herschel Guaranteed Programme Observations have set the scene for a large expansion in the amount and complexity of astrochemical modelling that can now be undertaken.
Computation can now also be seen for the first time as a viable method for the accurate calculation of large numbers of kinetic rate constants.
All this makes our Laboratory Astrophysics programmes more vital than ever in providing key constraints and data for rate constants and chemical process, as well as becoming the focus for Lab measurements of real astrophysical processes.
This meeting will discuss areas such as:
When and Where:
The meeting will be held on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th January 2009.
Location - Department of Physics and Astronomy, UCL. Click Here for details of how to get to the Physics and Astronomy Department.
Programme and Speakers:
Serena Viti will discuss the future of computational astrochemistry.
Tom Millar and Tom Hartquist will discuss both present and future astrochemical models.
Ben Slater will outline current ab initio techniques to cacluate kinetic rate data.
Eric Herbst, Ian Smith and Valentine Wakelam will discuss which key kinetic rates need to be measured/calculated and the impact of poor kinetic data on Astrochemical models.
Christine Joblin and Ian Sims will discuss the impact Lab Astrochemistry has already had on our astrochemical models.
Jenny Hatchell, Matt Redman and Malcolm Gray will discuss new results from the JCMT surveys, what issues face data modellers due to large surveys, and discuss recent improvements in our spectral line radiative transfer methods.
We welcome applications to give short oral presentations (20 mins) and poster papers from those wishing to attend this meeting (email jyates-at-star.ucl.ac.uk, sv-at-star.ucl.ac.uk, w.a.brown-at-ucl.ac.uk, eb-at-star.ucl.ac.uk)
Click here for a detailed programme
A registration fee to cover room hire, tea and coffee will apply (30 GBP for members of the Astrophysical Chemistry Group; 45 GBP for non-members). The registration fee is payable in cash or cheque (payable to 'Astrophysical Chemistry Group') at the meeting.
A limited number of Student bursaries are available from the Astrophysical Chemistry Group to assist the attendance of young scientists. For more details email June Mccombie (June.Mccombie-at-nottingham.ac.uk) and Jeremy Yates (jyates-at-star.ucl.ac.uk). The deadline for applications to be received to be considered for these bursaries is 0900 GMT Monday 1st December 2008.
A Conference Dinner will be organised for the 6 January. This will cost approximately 35-40 GBP, payable at registration.
Dr Jeremy Yates