The Athena Multi-messenger and High Energy Astrophysics Synergy
November 27 - 29, 2018, Alicante, Spain
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The workshop focusses on identifying and developing potential scientific synergies between the Athena X-ray observatory mission (ESA) and Gravitational Waves, neutrinos, high energy and Gamma Ray Burst (GW/v’s/HE/GRB) facilities that will be operational contemporary to Athena. The goal is to produce a White Paper that should address the scientific topics where the synergetic use of Athena and the key multimessenger facilities operating at the end of this decade will result in a scientific added value.
The scope of the meeting is to:
- a) Review the scientific topics and identify the workplan needed to consolidate and advance the scientific case. Identify additional experts if needs be.
- b) Outline the operational scenario to successfully implement the synergy science goals with the performances predicted at the end of this decade . Identify the needs to access or get inputs from Athena to achieve a science goal or drive an observation from a given facility and the needs to get inputs from or access that facility to achieve a science goal or drive Athena observations.
- c) Define the Table of Content of the WP and plan for its preparation
- d) Outline a multi-facility synergy case for relevant science topics
List of participants
D. Barret Athena X-IFU PI
D. Burrows Athena expert for transients (A/Theseus synergy)
F. Carrera Athena Community Office: support
M. Colpi LISA representative
D. Dornic KM3NET representative
A. Fabian Athena representative for A/LISA synergy
M. Guainazzi Athena Study Scientist
P. McNamara LISA Study Scientist
P’. O’Brien Athena & Theseus representative
J. Osborne Theseus expert for A/Theseus synergy
S. Martinez Athena Community Office: support
P. Padovani Expert for v’s synergy
L. Piro Chair
N. Tanvir LISA representative
J.M. Torrejon LOC organizer (AHEAD)
E. Troja AThena representative for ground-based GW synergy
J. Vink Athena representative for v’s and CTA synergy
D. Nichols LIGO/VIRGO
M. Ahlers IceCube
A. Coleiro KM3NET
A. Sesana SMBBH
E. Bozzo Galactic sources
Not coming but involved in the WP:
L. Amati Theseus representative
A. Rau Athena expert for transients (A/Theseus synergy)
E. Rossi LISA expert
R. Mignani Athena expert for v’s and CTA synergy
P. Jonker Athena representative for ground-based GW synergy
Tuesday 27/11 14.00-18.00 Session 1: Scope of the meeting/ Athena GW (ground) session
14:00-14:15 Welcome : J. M. Torrejon
14:15-14:30 Introduction and scope of the meeting : L. Piro
14:30-15:00 Athena science and capabilities relevant to Multimessenger: M. Guainazzi
15:00- 15:30 LIGO/Virgo and GW ground facilities: science and capabilities for EM follow-up: David Nichols
15:30-16:00 Athena and NS-NS/ NS-BH GW counterparts : E. Troja
16:00-16:30 coffee break (30 min)
16:30-17:00 other science cases/topics potentially relevant to EM follow-up, w.p.r.t X-rays
17:00- 18:00 discussion: operational scenario, consolidated list of topics, additional expertize, define the workplan
NS- merger (populations studies, new X-ray components with Athena, orphan afterglows with Athena)
BH-BH merger (Primordial BH? Significant constituent of DM? any significant prediction on EM counterpart?)
CC supernovae (if asymmetric)
Wednesday 28/11 9.00-13.00 Session 2: Athena-LISA
9:00-9:30 LISA science and capabilities relevant to EM follow-up : P. Mc Namara
9:30-10:00 SMBBH case: predictions on the EM counterpart from optical to X-rays: M. Colpi
10:00-10:30 SMBBH: observational strategies for identifying counterparts (vs the variable sky): N. Tanvir
10:30-11:00 SMBBH and other science cases/topics potentially relevant to EM follow-up, w.p.r.t X-rays : A. Sesana
11:00-11.30 Coffee break
11:30-12:00 Discussion on SMBBH A-L synergy: A. Fabian
12:00- 13:00 Discussion: operational scenario, consolidated list of topics, additional expertize, define the workplan
SMBH mergers: X-ray emission from AD. if/when the AD forms. Error box/rates/X-ray fluxes. Would X-ray localization more effective that optical/IR?
WD-WD and other galactic binaries during spiral in
TDE-like accretion of stars on BH
14.00-18.00 Session 3: Athena- Theseus and the transient sky
14:00-14:30 - Theseus capabilities and science relevant to Athena : P O’Brien
14:30-15:00 - High-z GRBs: Athena and Theseus : N. Tanvir
15:00-15:30 - WHIM with GRBs : L. Piro
15:30-16:00 - The transient sky with Athena/WFI (and Theseus) : D. Burrows
16:00-16:30 - Coffee break
16:30-17:00 - Galactic science : E. Bozzo
17:00-17:30 - Operational scenario : M. Guainazzi
17:30-18:00 - Discussion: consolidate list of topics and define the workplan
Athena providing triggers for Theseus Infrared telescope for follow-up of transients found in the WFI.
Cross Calibration of Theseus/Lobster instrument on Athena sources.
Simultaneous Athena/Theseus for broad band observations of relatively bright sources
20.30 Workshop dinner
Thursday 29/11: 9.00- 13.00 Session 4: Athena & v’s (KM3NET, ICECUBE), & CTA
9:00-9:30 Acceleration sites in the Universe: v’s, VHE and X-ray synergy: J. Vink
9:30- 10:00 v’s from ICECUBE and multimessenger synergy with X-rays: M. Ahlers
10:00- 10:30 v’s from KM3NET and multimessenger synergy with X-rays: A. Coleiro
10:30-11:00 v’s from a blazars jet: P. Padovani
11.00-11:30 Coffee break
11:30-12:00 other science cases/topics
12:00-13:00 discussion: consolidate list of topics, addnl expertize and workplan
- Sne (v’s from CC)
- Clusters as CR reservoirs
29/11 14.00-15.30: Session 5: multi-mission synergies; plan for WP
14:00 - 14:30 Synergies across the board (30 min)
14:30 - 15:15 WP TOC and workplan (45 min)
15:15: 15: 30 Conclusions (15 min)
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University of Alicante Campus, San Vicente del Raspeig, Building "Germán Bernácer", Main Lecture room (downstairs).
The most convenient way to reach the campus, from the Alicante Airport, is by Taxi (around 15 min, 20-25 Euro, licensed taxis line up just at the exit door). The Alicante Airport is served by a number of companies with direct flights from many european cities.
Coffe breaks and lunch will be provided at the venue.
Wednesday 28, Workshop dinner at the Ocean Race Restaurant
Alicante has a wide offer of hotels. We can recommend the following:
The Villa Universitaria is conveniently located at walking distance (12 min) from the Workshop venue. Ask for the Suites. Although it is an student's lodging, its Suites are used as well by many senior visitors. Offers meal service.
Hotel Eurostars Lucentum. It is located in Alicante downtown, in front of the old food Central Marquet. The University of Alicante Campus can be reached by the Tram (27 min), using Line 2, with a train every 15 minutes or by Taxi (15 min, 15 Euro).
Hotel Porta Maris. Next to the sea. To reach University of Alicante Campus there are two options: a) walk to Hotel Eurostars Lucentum and then take the Tram (as above), or b) take a taxi.
A limited amount of money is available to support travel and lodging expenses, upon request.
J. M. Torrejón (Chair), C. Ordoñez, G. Bernabéu, J.J. Rodes-Roca, M. Martinez-Chicharro
For any question regarding logistics, please write to
Ahead_school@csidiomas.ua.es with the subject AMHEAS