15th Würzburg workshop on Astrophysics 2020 at HITS

13. January 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual winter workshop organized by the Physics of Stellar Objects (PSO) group at HITS had to take place as an online event. Despite its disadvantages for discussions, this format allowed for more participants in the “15th Würzburg Workshop” than in previous years and for a program that extended over the full week from 14-18 December 2020. The international group of about 50 participants involving scientists from Australia, China, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States, and several institutions in Germany discussed topics in supernova research, binary stellar evolution, asteroseismology, and processes in stellar interiors. The plenary session featured invited talks by Sherry Suyu (MPA Garching, Germany) on gravitationally lensed supernovae, Zhengwei Liu (Yunnan Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Yunnan, China) on the impact of supernova explosions on companion stars, Saskia Hekker (HITS, Heidelberg, Germany) on asteroseismology, Johann Higl (HITS Heidelberg, Germany) on compressible simulations of stellar oscillations, Mark Magee (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland) on light curves of Type Ia supernovae, and Patrick Ondratschek (MPS Göttingen, Germany) on magnetohydrodynamic simulations of common envelope phases in stellar binary systems. It was followed by topical sessions in which the participants presented their latest results and projects for collaborations were discussed.

About HITS

HITS, the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies, was established in 2010 by physicist and SAP co-founder Klaus Tschira (1940-2015) and the Klaus Tschira Foundation as a private, non-profit research institute. HITS conducts basic research in the natural, mathematical, and computer sciences. Major research directions include complex simulations across scales, making sense of data, and enabling science via computational research. Application areas range from molecular biology to astrophysics. An essential characteristic of the Institute is interdisciplinarity, implemented in numerous cross-group and cross-disciplinary projects. The base funding of HITS is provided by the Klaus Tschira Foundation.

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