Workshop: clusters of galaxies as cosmic laboratories

Galaxy clusters occupy a central role in the ongoing efforts to understand some of the greatest questions in particle astrophysics and cosmology: the nature of Dark Matter and Dark Energy. Moreover, these huge mass concentrations serve as Nature’s own telescopes, capable of amplifying faint high-redshift sources that would otherwise be beyond our reach. At the same time, the use of galaxy clusters as probes for fundamental physics requires a good understanding of the state of the intra-cluster medium.

No wonder that the Oskar Klein Centre got involved in the organization of a workshop in Stockholm, 12-14 September. Ariel Goobar, professor at the Oskar Klein Centre, explains that there is a large effort by the community to collect multi-wavelength galaxy cluster data, which present a great opportunity to make significant progress over a broad range of topics:

“We have conducted pointed optical and near-IR observations towards one of the most massive know clusters, Abell 1689, to study supernovae, which would otherwise not be possible to observe with man made telescopes. We reported the discovery of a lensed supernova in Goobar et al. 2009 and Stanishev et al 2009. “

The goal of this workshop is to bring together people from X-ray, lensing and simulation communities to stimulate collaboration and exchange of ideas. A generous grant from “The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education” (STINT), provides the main resources to bring the workshop attendees to AlbaNova.

The program of the workshop is available in the officialwebpage.

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