Outline of the School

The primary aim of the XXVII Winter School is to provide a wide-ranging and up-to-date overview of the theoretical, experimental and analytical  tools necessary for carrying out front-line research in the study of High Time Resolution Astrophysics (HTRA). The School is particularly designed to offer young  researchers tips and guidelines to help them direct their future research towards these themes, which are among the most important in modern  astrophysics.

The School with provide several advanced courses in the scientific objectives of HTRA, including observations of compact stellar objects  (black holes, neutron stars, and white dwarfs), jets/outflows operate and as well the interaction between highly relativistic plasma and strong magnetic fields and the relevant physical processes and emission mechanisms opertating on very short timescales. It is not possible to understand  their associated phenomena without HTRA in several bands of the electromagnetic spectrum. Consequently the School has a strong multi-wavelength approach, covering radio, optical, X-ray and Gamma-ray wavelengths. Furthermore, the requirements of low-noise, fast-readout detectors, time systems to correctly compare data from different telescopes on the ground and in space, non conventional software tools for time-series analysis and their statistics properties will also be addressed.

This School aims to bring together in a relaxed working atmosphere eminent and experienced scientists who are actively working on a variety of forefront research projects, and who have played a key role in major advances over the recent years. The list of invited researchers includes leading theoreticians and pioneering observers in each area of the subject who have been carefully chosen to represent all the leading research teams in each topic covered in the School.  The School will tackle many aspects of High Time Resolution Astrophysics, covering the fundamentals, the tools and applications to  observations at different wavelengths. The School is particularly designed to introduce young researchers to the use of high time-resolution  observaations and so several laboratory sessions are planned. The format of the School, which includes laboratory sessions, will also encourage direct interaction between the participating students and lecturers. The school is primarily intended for doctoral students and recent postdocs in any field of research in Astronomy. Participants of the Winter School will have the opportunity to display their current work by presenting a poster.

The Winter School will take place at San Cristóbal de La Laguna (Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain) from Monday 9th to Friday 20th November 2015. The lectures will be delivered in English and will be published by Cambridge University Press in a dedicated monograph, which will be sent free of costs to all of the School’s participants. Speakers will present their topics in a series of four lectures. Visits to the IAC's Headquarter in La Laguna, the Teide Observatory in Tenerife and the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory in La Palma will be scheduled as part of the activities.

Those interested in attending the Winter School should register following the instructions provided in the Registration page. Once registered, please login to the personal area of the website and complete the required information. In addition we request a letter of reference from a thesis advisor or Head of Department which should be emailed to winter@iac.es. These should reach the IAC before June 30th. Selected candidates will be informed by July 15th.