January 30 - February 5, 2011

This schedule is final.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

4:00 pm - 6:30 pm Registration
Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort - Top of Escalator
6:30 pm-8:00 pm Welcome Reception
Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort - Golden Cliff Ballroom

Monday, January 31, 2011

Dark Matter, Direct & Indirect Tests
Organized by: Ina Sarcevic, University of Arizona
Well-developed techniques for detection of dark matter now include both indirect astrophysical and direct terrestrial studies. In addition, the latest theoretical ideas on the nature and impact of dark matter continue to evolve. In this session, we will discuss astronomical observations of galaxies and clusters of galaxies, recent astronomical observations that limit baryonic component of the dark matter, and latest results and theories stemming from a series of recent experiments including Fermi/LAT, PAMELA, IceCube,VERITAS, HESS, CogeNet, DAMA.
7:00 - 8:30 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 -8:30 am Channeling in Dark Matter Detection Paolo Gondolo, University of Utah
8:30 -9:00 am Overview of the Direct and Indirect Search for Dark Matter David Cline, UCLA
9:00 -9:30 am Indirect Dark Matter Searches with VERITAS Mathieu Vivier, University of Delaware
9:30 -9:45 am Coffee Break
9:45 -10:15 am Searching for Daily Modulation in Direct Dark Matter Detectors Nassim Bozorgnia, UCLA
10:15 -10:45 am Proton Size Anomaly Danny Marfatia, Kansas University
10:45 am-4:30 pm Mid-Day Break
4:30 -5:00 pm Searching for Dark Matter with the Fermi Large Area Telescope Eric Charles, SLAC, Stanford
5:00 -5:30 pm New Constraints on Old Dark Matter Halos Ann Zabludoff, Arizona University
5:30 -6:00 pm Sommerfeld Enhancements for Thermal Relic Dark Matter Haibo Yu, University of Michigan
6:00 -6:15 pm Coffee Break
6:15 -6:45 pm Probing Dark Matter with Neutrinos from the Galactic Center Ina Sarcevic, University of Arizona
6:45 -7:15 pm Extracting Dark Matter Parameters from the IceCube Rouzbeh Allahverdi, Univ. of New Mexico
7:15 -7:30 pm Constraint on Dark Matter Annihilation with Dark Star Formation Using Fermi EGRB Data Qiang Yuan, IHEP/UNLV

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

X-Ray Polarimetry
Organized by: Henric Krawczynski, T. Kallman (GSFC), M. Baring (Rice University), and J. Schnittman (GSFC)
X-ray polarimetry has the potential to make substantial contributions to the fields of Particle Physics, Strong Field Gravity, and Astrophysics. The field is expected to move center stage in 2014 when NASA's Gravity and Extreme Magnetism SMEX (GEMS, Swank et al.) mission will be launched. GEMS will have the sensitivity to probe ~1% level linear polarization in the 2--10 keV band from dozens of different astronomical sources. In this special session we focus on physics topics which can be studied with GEMS and with future X-ray polarimeters: (i) fundamental physics topics, (ii) the physics of neutron stars and stellar mass black holes and their environments, and (iii) the properties of AGN accretion flows and AGN jets.
7:00 - 8:30 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 -8:25 am The Gravity & Extreme Magnetism Small Expolorer Mission Timothy Kallman, NASA GSFC
8:25 -8:50 am X-Ray Polarization Observations of Neutron Stars Alice Harding, NASA GSFC
8:50 -9:15 am Observable Polarization Signatures in the Atmospheres & Magnetospheres of Neutron Stars Matthew Baring, Rice University
9:15 -9:40 am Probing Magnetar Magnetospheres with X-ray Polarization Rodrigo Fernandez, Inst. for Advanced Study
9:40 -9:55 am Coffee Break
9:55 -10:20 am Tests of Lorentz Invariance Using Astrophysical Sources Matthew Mewes, Swarthmore College
10:20 -10:45 am Lorentz Invariance: Results from Astrophysical Observations Jeffrey Scargle, NASA Ames
10:45 -11:10 am MHD Simulations of BH Accretion Disks Scott Noble, RIT
11:15 am-4:30 pm Mid-Day Break
4:30 -5:00 pm The Effects of Strong Magnetic Fields on Accretion Disk Polarization Shane Davis, CITA
5:00 -5:30 pm Polarization Constraints on BBH Parameters Jeremy Schnittman, NASA GSFC
5:30 -6:00 pm The Highly Non-spherical Inner Structures of Active Galactic Nuclei Martin Elvis, CfA
6:00 -6:30 pm Examining the Core of Centaurus A Using X-ray Polarimetry Herman Marshall, MIT (GEMS collab)
6:30 -6:45 pm Coffee Break
6:45 -7:15 pm X-ray Polarization of Jets Henric Krawczynski, Wash. Univ., MCSS
7:15 -7:45 pm Gamma-Ray Burst Polarization Bing Zhang, UN Las Vegas

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Ultra High Energy Cosmic Rays
Organized by: Gordon Thomson, University of Utah
Wednesday's sessions will be devoted to the physics of ultra high-energy cosmic rays. The latest experimental results will be presented, plus theoretical interpretations, and reports from R&D projects on new cosmic ray detection techniques
7:00 am - 8:30 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 -8:35 am Recent Results from the Pierre Auger Observatory John Harton, Colorado State University
8:35 -9:10 am Results from the High Resolution Fly's Eye (HiRes) Experiment Charlie Jui, University of Utah
9:10 -9:45 am First Results from the Telescope Array John Matthews, University of Utah
9:45 -10:00 am Coffee Break
10:00 -10:35 am Measurement of UHECR Composition by TA FD Yuichiro Tameda, University of Tokyo
10:35 -11:10 am
11:10am-4:30 pm Mid-Day Break
4:30 -5:05 pm Ultra high energy cosmic rays detected by the ANITA balloon radio interferometer Konstantin Belov, UCLA
5:05 -5:40 pm
5:40 -6:15 pm Forward Scattering Radar for Ultra High Energy Cosmic Ray Detection Helio Takai, Brookhaven National Laboratory
6:15 -6:30 pm Coffee Break
6:30 -7:05 pm Evolution of the Cosmic Ray Anisotropy Above 100 TeV as Observed by IceCube Rasha Abbasi, University of Wisconsin
7:05 -7:30 pm The Role of Galactic Sources & Magnetic Fields in Forming the Observed Energy-Dependent Composition of Ultrahigh-Energy Cosmic Rays Antoine Calvez, UCLA

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Multi-Messenger AGN
Organized by: Alex Kusenko, UCLA
Multi-messenger, multi-wavelength studies of active galactic nuclei (AGN) have produced invaluable insights into the nature of the most powerful sources in the universe, as well as the universal photon backgrounds, cosmic rays, and intergalactic magnetic fields. The special session on AGN will bring together theorists and observers from different areas of astrophysics relevant to AGN and high energy astrophysics, to further synergy in this exciting multidisciplinary field of research.
7:00 - 8:30 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 -8:30 am Do AGN Outflows Cease Star Formation? A New Technique Based on Ultradeep Chandra HETG Observations of Nearby AGN Dan Evans, Harvard-Smithsonian CfA & Elon University
8:35 -9:05 am AGN With HAWC Jordan Goodman, University of Maryland
9:10 -9:25 am Coffee Break
9:25 -9:55 am Secondary Photons & Neutrinos from Distant Blazars & the Intergalactic Magnetic Fields Warren Essey, UCLA
10:00 -10:30 am Search for Gamma-Ray Halos Around Fermi AGNs Shin'ichiro Ando, Caltech
10:35 am-4:25 pm Mid-Day Break
4:30 -5:00 pm High-Energy Particle Emission from AGN Embedded in the Cosmic Web Kohta Murase, CCAPP, OSU
5:05 -5:35 pm The VERITAS AGN Program Nicola Galante, Harvard-Smithsonian CfA
5:40 -5:55 pm Coffee Break
5:55-6:25 pm Sources & Signatures of Heavy Nuclei UHECR Shunsaku Horiuchi, Ohio State
6:30 - 7:00p Very High Energy Emission from the Magnetosphere of Super Massive Black Holes Stephane Vincent, Univ. of Utah
7:05 - 7:35p Search for Sterile Dark Matter Using X-Ray Telescopes Alex Kusenko, UCLA
8:00 - 10:30 pm Banquet

Friday, February 4, 2011

Cosmology
Organized by: Kyle Dawson, University of Utah
While the fundamental nature of dark matter and dark energy remain elusive, recent studies have revealed ever more distant galaxies and surprising details about the abundance of massive objects at high redshift. Simulations, theory, and large surveys promise to bring new insight to our understanding of large scale structure, galaxy evolution, and the formation of the first galaxies. This session will include talks describing recent developments in the field of high redshift cosmology and galaxy evolution.
7:00 - 8:30 am Continental Breakfast
8:30 -9:00 am Results from VERITAS Observations of Clusters of Galaxies Niklas Karlsson, University of Minnesota
9:00 -9:30 am High Redshift Clusters and Supernovae with HST Kyle Dawson, University of Utah
9:30 -9:45 am Coffee Break
9:45 -10:15 am Astrophysical Uncertainty in the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich Power Spectrum Daisuke Nagai, Yale University
10:15 - 10:45 am Improved Constraints on CMB Secondary Anisotropies from the Complete 2008 South Pole Telescope Data Erik Shirokoff, UC Berkley
10:45 -11:15 am Massive z > 1 Clusters from the South Pole Telescope Cluster Survey William High, KICP - University of Chicago
11:15am-4:30 pm Mid-Day Break
4:30 -5:05 pm Gravitational Lensing Constraints on Structure Formation Problems Joel Brownstein, University of Utah
5:05 -5:40 pm
5:40 -6:10 pm Coffee Break
6:10 -6:30 pm Formation of High-Redshift Galaxies Oleg Gnedin, University of Michigan
6:30 -7:05 pm Cosmic-Ray Electrons and Positrons Michael Schubnell,
University of Michigan

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Research Within the State of Utah
Organized by: Dave Kieda & Paolo Gondolo, University of Utah
This session is designed to share the broad range of science pursued by astronomers and astrophysicists across the state of Utah. In the morning, researchers from around the state will present their recent work in research and education. The afternoon and evening will be set aside for informal discussions and brainstorming about future research and outreach efforts in Utah.
7:00- 8:30 am Continental Breakfast
8:00-8:20 am Progress in Phased Array Feeds for Wide-Field Radio Astronomical Observations at Brigham Young University Karl F. Warnick & Brian D. Jeffs, Brigham Young University
8:20-8:40 am The Future of Utah Astronomy: One Manís Wish J. Ward Moody, Brigham Young University
8:40-9:00 am Monitoring Variable Objects with ROVOR Bret Little, Brigham Young University
9:00-9:45 am Rapid Fire Presentations
9:45-10:00 am Coffee Break
10:00-10:20 am Measuring Extragalactic Distances Using Infrared Surface Brightness Fluctuations Joseph Jensen, Utah Valley University
10:20-10:40 am Tuning/Black Holes James Chisholm, Southern Utah University
10:40 - 11:00 am Identifying Unresolved Binary Systems in Hubble Space Telescope Data Denise Stephens, Brigham Young University
11:00 - 11:20 am Multi-Frequency Observations of the Galaxy-Merging System IIZw096 Victor Migenes, Brigham Young University
11:20- 6:00 pm Open Discussion

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