SnowPAC, SnowDOG, & SnowTIGER Workshops

March 18-27, 2012


March 18-23, 2012

The 4th annual Snowbird Workshop on Particle Astrophysics, Astronomy, and Cosmology (SnowPAC) will be held from 19-23 March 2012 at the Cliff Lodge at Snowbird Ski Resort in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah, USA, with a topical focus on "Gravitational Lensing in the Age of Survey Science"

In the past decade, gravitational lensing has transitioned from a "small-N" to a "large-N" discipline. Strong-, weak-, and micro-lensing measurements now form a significant component of current and planned surveys across a broad spectrum of astrophysics and cosmology. This conference aims to highlight the scientific contributions and potential from lensing in this context, and to address the theoretical, observational, and technical challenges to scientific inference from lensing measurements in large surveys.

In the interest of deepening connections between the lensing community and the broader subject areas to which lensing provides unique observational constraints, we also invite lensing-related contributions from researchers working in areas such as: AGN and quasar physics; galaxy structure, dynamics, and evolution; clusters of galaxies; dark matter structure and substructure; cosmology; gravitational physics; and extrasolar planets.



March 24 - 26, 2012

The Snowbird Workshop on Dark Matter Observations through Gamma Rays (SnowDOG).

Roughly one quarter of the energy density of the universe is in the form of "dark matter," a substance whose existence is known only from its gravitational interactions. If, as speculated, dark matter is a new fundamental particle, the determination of its properties is one of the greatest challenges in modern physics, and requires a unified effort from those working in both theoretical and experimental realms.

In this workshop, we will focus on the role of gamma-ray astronomy in the identification of dark matter. Theoretical and observational astrophysicists and particle theorists will be brought together to present new results and new ideas, and to discuss new strategies to uncover the nature of dark matter through gamma-ray observations.



March 26 - 27, 2012

The Snowbird Workshop on TeV Interactions of Gamma rays with Extragalactic Radiation (SnowTIGER).

Recent data from gamma-ray detectors have produced some new insights regarding the gamma-ray sources and the extragalactic background light. This small, focused workshop will address the interpretation of these data and the implications for astronomy, cosmology, and for understanding of cosmic rays and magnetic fields.

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