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ICONS workshop 2019

Investigating Crusts of Neutron Stars

Scientific scope

This is a JINA-CEE supported workshop that aims to bring together different areas of research that all involve studies of heated neutron star crusts. This includes observations of different manifestations of neutron stars, theoretical calculations and simulations, and nuclear experiments. One of the primary goals of this dedicated workshop is to have a facilitated discussion about the puzzling source of shallow crustal heating, and what observations/experiments/calculations are needed to move forward.

We aim to bring together up to 50 observers, theoreticians and experimentalists working on the subjects of:

- Crust heating and cooling of transiently accreting neutron stars 

- Crust heating and cooling of magnetars

- Nuclear reactions in neutron stars, including thermonuclear burning, pycnonuclear burning, other nuclear reactions and shallow heating

- The physics of neutron star crusts


Each subject will be covered by a number of invited review presentations of 30 min each and a few-20 min contributed talks. For the invited talks we aim to attract young researchers in the field. In addition to talks, there will be time for moderated discussion on important open questions regarding neutron star crusts. These discussions will be led by more senior researchers.

Important dates

Opening abstract submission: January 2019 

Abstract submission deadline: February 15, 2019

Registration/payment deadline: March 15, 2019

Conference dates: April 15-17, 2019