SnowCluster - The Physics of Galaxy Clusters

March 15 - 20, 2015

Galaxy clusters are the most massive gravitational accelerators in the universe, with their assembly proceeding through collisions --- often spectacular --- which shock-heat and mix the intracluster medium, generate turbulence, amplify and reorder magnetic fields, accelerate cosmic rays, and in general make it difficult for us to measure the cluster masses. Comparable havoc in the cluster cores can be created by the central supermassive black hole. At the same time, the success of large cluster surveys to constrain the cosmological model depends critically on our ability to measure the dark and luminous matter distribution in clusters, which in turn depends on precise understanding and modeling of the above phenomena. The last two years saw important developments towards this goal. Data from new instruments such as NuSTAR, ALMA, Planck, JVLA, LOFAR, ultra-sensitive observations with Chandra, XMM and Suzaku, new gravitational lensing surveys, as well as improvements in our theoretical understanding of cluster hydrodynamics and plasma physics, and first results from ab-initio simulations of the intracluster plasma, make this a particularly intriguing time to study galaxy clusters.

We therefore invite you to join us March 15-20, 2015, at the third SnowCluster meeting in Snowbird, Utah, nestled within the spectacular Little Cottonwood Canyon, to engage in these exciting discussions on the physics of galaxy clusters.

Topics covered:

• Cluster mass profiles: X-ray, SZ, lensing, theory
• Mass scaling relations & selection effects
• Cluster surveys & evolution: X-ray, SZ
• Cluster outskirts: observations & simulations
• Cool cores: X-ray, radio, theory
• Mergers: observations & simulations
• Nonthermal phenomena: observations & theory
• Forthcoming instruments
• Simulations: beyond hydrodynamics
• Cosmology with clusters (joint session with SnowPAC)

Invited speakers:

R. Adam, N. Aghanim, D. Applegate, L. Bleem, H. Boehringer, M. Bradac, E. Bulbul, D. Caprioli, R. Cassano, T. Clarke, K. Dolag, M. Donahue, A. Edge, W. Forman, A. Gonzalez, J. Hlavacek-Larrondo, H. Hoekstra, M. Johnston-Hollitt, C. Jones, T. Jones, M. Kunz, A. Lazarian, J. Macias-Perez, A. Mantz, B. Mason, M. McDonald, M. Meneghetti, J. Merten, F. Miniati, D. Nagai, A. Newman, P. Nulsen, T. Ohashi, M. Pierre, C. Pinto, E. Pointecouteau, G. Pratt, T. Reiprich, E. Roediger, E. Rozo, L. Rudnick, H. Russell, D. Ryu, J. Sanders, J. Sayers, A. Simionescu, L. Sironi, A. Spitkovsky, G. Tremblay, D. Uzdensky, R. Van Weeren, T. Venturi, A. Vikhlinin, G. M. Voit, S. Walker, N. Werner, D. Wik, F. Zandanel, I. Zhuravleva, J. ZuHone.  The following SOC members will also present: A. Kravtsov, A. Mahdavi, M. Markevitch, B. McNamara, T. Mroczkowski.

Scientific Organizing Committee:

• Monique Arnaud (CEA Saclay)
• Max Bonamente (UA Huntsville)
• Gianfranco Brunetti (IRA INAF Bologna)
• Eugene Churazov (MPA, IKI)
• Andy Fabian (Cambridge)
• Andrey Kravtsov (Chicago)
• Anja von der Linden (DARK, KIPAC)
• Andisheh Mahdavi, Chair (SFSU)
• Maxim Markevitch (NASA GSFC)
• Brian McNamara (Waterloo)
• Tony Mroczkowski (NRL)
• Alexander Schekochihin (Oxford)

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(size US Letter)


Important Dates

Registration, Hotel & Abstract Deadline
January 15, 2015

Late Registration:
January 15, 2015 - March 14, 2015

Final Banquet Orders:
March 9, 2015

The Physics of Galaxy Clusters:
Sunday, March 15, 2015


Meeting Events

  Main Program / Browse Abstracts
 Specific talks.

Poster Session
Poster Session will take place all week.
Presenting a poster? See the Format for Posters page.


Social Events

Opening Reception
19:45 - 21:00, Sun. March 15, at the Golden Cliff Ballroom.
Come meet fellow collaborators.

20:15 - 22:00, Thurs. March 19, at the Golden Cliff Ballroom.
Join the celebration to honor the hard-working scientists who made the SnowCluster collaboration such an extraordinary success.

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