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IAU Symposium 363

Jun 22, 2020


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IAU Symposium 363: Neutron Star Astrophysics at the Crossroads:
Magnetars and the Multimessenger Revolution -- 1st Announcement
from June 22nd - 26th, 2020, Gran Sasso Science Institute, L'Aquila, Italy.

The 363st International Astronomical Union (IAU) Symposium will be held in L'Aquila, Italy in June 2020.

The symposium will focus on the astrophysical implications of gravitational wave and electromagnetic observations of neutron stars. It will discuss the status, perspectives and challenges in the blossoming era of multi-messenger astronomy in order to build a complete physical picture of neutron stars, both isolated and in binary systems. It will explore the many facets of neutron stars, from magnetars to extreme astrophysical phenomena, such as giant flares, gamma-ray bursts and kilonovae. It will include discussions on next generation facilities for multi-messenger astronomy and their associated science cases.

The symposium will bring together the most prominent specialists in neutron star physics, magnetars, gamma-ray bursts, gravitational wave observations and theory. It will represent a natural avenue to present and discuss the latest transformative results of multi-messenger observations of neutron stars. The symposium will be organized around a morning plenary session and two parallel sessions in the afternoon. Plenary sessions are designed to give a broad and interdisciplinary overview of neutron stars, their gravitational wave and electromagnetic emission. The parallel sessions will instead provide a deeper insight into specific questions on the physics of magnetars on one side, and neutron stars as sources of gravitational waves, kilonovae and gamma ray burst on the other.

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