Cosmology in Northern California

CINC '06 Cosmology Workshop

May 22, 2006
Berkeley Lab

We are pleased to announce the 3rd annual cosmology workshop in Northern California. The 2006 edition will feature talks on new results and research programs plus topical discussions. All researchers in Northern California are welcome to attend. One of the main aims of these workshops is to bring the local community together and broaden the exposure of young researchers. Since the full range of activity at the various institutions could not possibly fit into a single day, the talks will concentrate on student and postdoctoral research, and that of faculty new to the region in the last year. The length of talks is expected to be 10+5 minutes, depending on the number of people speaking. More established researchers contribute through the discussions.

For 2006 the theme of the topical discussions is:

Wide Field Surveys will discuss the unique science enabled by observing large areas of sky, and results/plans of surveys for quasar, galaxy, and cluster properties, weak/strong lensing, baryon acoustic oscillations, supernovae, etc.

Multi-messenger Astronomy will discuss quantitatively the synergy of astronomical observations of the same object or field in multiple wavelengths, e.g. optical plus infrared for photometric redshifts, Sunyaev-Zel'dovich/X-ray/weak lensing/redshifts for cluster counts, gamma ray plus optical for gamma ray burst afterglows, reionization physics, galaxy formation, etc.

The topical discussions are meant to be on a fairly quantitative, technical level, bringing together common interests among the various institutions. Material to stimulate and support discussion can be brought in the form of AAS-like 5 minute presentations (PDF format slides).

Tentative Schedule:
9:00-10:30 Wiggly Physics (mostly BAO): Schulz, Huff, Zhan, Huang, Dick
10:30-11:00 Break
11:00-12:00 Sheared Physics (mostly WL): Schneider, Newman, Comerford, Shmakova
12:00-1:00 Lunch break
1:00-2:00 Explosive Physics (mostly SN): Bloom, Barbary, Kuznetsova, Faccioli
2:00-3:00 Topical Discussions: Wide Field Surveys and Multi-messenger Astronomy
3:00-3:20 Break
3:20-4:35 Clumpy Physics (mostly LSS): Wetzel, Croton, Bradac, Kneissl, Rapetti

Speakers/Talks (updated 5/11)

Venue: CINC '06 will take place at Berkeley Lab (aka Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), which this year is celebrating 75 years of world class science. Situated in the hills above UC Berkeley campus, our meeting room looks out over the Bay Area and Golden Gate. The meeting is in Perseverance Hall, adjoining the cafeteria, Building 54 (maps and further information of the lab, area, shuttle bus from the downtown Berkeley BART station, etc. Parking at LBL is tight, so please carpool or use the shuttle, and let me know which so I can plan appropriately.

Please email Eric Linder if you plan to attend. The size of the meeting room will limit the number of participants, so please respond asap. If you wish to give a talk (students, postdocs, new faculty only), please specify the title by April 24 - after that please check if there is space.

Sponsored by the Berkeley Cosmology Group, Berkeley Cosmology Institute, and LBL Physics Division.