04.10.2009 -

South Eastern European Practical School on Spectroscopy for Young Researchers. Rohzen (Bulgaria), 5-11 October 2009

Event organized in the frame of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009) with the support of UNESCO

The South Eastern European Practical School on Spectroscopy for Young Researchers, will be held at the Rozhen National Astronomical Observatory, Bulgaria from 5-11 October 2009. The training course is addressed to students and PhD researchers.
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This is the second regional school aimed at the regional community of young astronomers (students, PhD students) from the SEE countries (Bulgaria, Greece, FYR Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Serbia, and Turkey). The Rozhen National Astronomical Observatory is the largest astronomical infrastructure in SEE and provides excellent conditions and opportunities for education and research for the regional astronomical community. This school is also a part of the activities of the SREAC – Sub-Regional European Astronomical Committee.

The School programme is divided over 5 days including daily observations with the Coude spectrograph. Students will be divided in groups that will observe part of the night. On Day 1 : Basic knowledge on astrospectroscopy. Coude spectrograph at BNAO-Rozhen; Echelle spectroscopy.; Methods to determine wind properties in hot massive stars; Basic knowledge on Linux and IRAF; Visit to the 2m telescope. Instructions for work with the Coude-spectrograph. On Day 2 : Intermediate A and F stars – from backyard to frontline astrophysics; Spectral and abundances analysis: spectral synthesis, radial and rotational velocity measurements, equivalent width measurements, WIDTH and SYNTH codes; CCD spectra – data reduction with IRAF- part 1; Interacting binaries – classical novae, cataclysmic variables and symbiotic stars. On Day 3 : CCD spectra – data reduction with IRAF- part 2; Model atmosphere parameters determination and model atmosphere calculation with ATLAS-9; Practical exercises on data processing – in groups; Practical exercises on data processing – in groups; Observations with the Coude spectrograph. Practical exercises on data processing. On Day 4 : Spectral indicators for magnetic activity in late-type stars; Spectropolarimetry: an efficient look to stellar magnetism; Practical exercises on data processing Preparation of the results for presentation. On Day 5 : tbd; Practical exercises on data processing. Preparation of the results for presentation; Presentation of the results.

Participants are alltogether 22 students and PhD students from Bulgaria, Greece, FYR Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Turkey are included, upon suggestions of their respective national representatives.
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Contacts : Iulia Nechifor at <a href="http://portal.unesco.org/en/%E2%80%9Dmailto:" inechiforunescoorg="i.nechifor@unesco.org”">i.nechifor@unesco.org</a>, copy to Cristina Faccia at <a href="http://portal.unesco.org/en/%E2%80%9Dmailto:" cfacciaunescoorg="c.faccia@unesco.org”">c.faccia@unesco.org</a>

Organizer :
Institute of Astronomy
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
72 Tsarigradsko chaussee, blvd.
1784 Sofia, Bulgaria
Renada Konstantinova-Antova at renada(at)astro.bas.bg
Kiril Panov at kpanov(at)astro.bas.bg




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