SnowPAC 2013

March 17-22, 2013

Black Hole Fingerprints: Dynamics, Disruptions and Demographics

The 5th annual Snowbird Workshop on Particle Astrophysics, Astronomy, and Cosmology (SnowPAC) will be held from 17-23 March 2013 at the Cliff Lodge at Snowbird Ski Resort in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah, USA. The conference will focus on the interaction of massive black holes with the stars around them, and our ability to use stellar dynamics and tidal disruption events to understand the demographics of massive black holes. We will cover the following broad topics:
- Supermassive black hole demographics & formation
- Tidal disruption observations, signatures & rates
- Nuclear star clusters & the dynamics of dense stellar systems
- Hypervelocity stars
- Black holes in star clusters & intermediate mass black holes

Introduction slides available here (PDF).

Scientific Organizing Committee:
Ben Bromley (U. of Utah)
Suvi Gezari (U. of Maryland)
Jenny Greene (Princeton)
David Merritt (Rochester Institute of Technology)
Simon Portegies Zwart (Sterrewacht Leiden)
Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz (U. of California, Santa Cruz)
Anil Seth (U. of Utah)
Roeland van der Marel (Space Telescope Science Institute)
Marta Volonteri (Institut Astrophysique de Paris)

Confirmed Invited Speakers:
Aaron Barth (U. of California, Irvine)
Warren Brown (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA)
James Guillochon (U. of California, Santa Cruz)
Kayhan Gultekin (U. of Michigan)
Zoltan Haiman (Columbia U.)
Zeljko Ivezic (U. of Washington)
Avi Loeb (Harvard University)
Cole Miller (U. of Maryland)
Stefanie Komossa (MPIfR Bonn)
Anne-Marie Madigan (UC Berkeley)
Nadine Neumayer (European Southern Observatory)
Jay Strader (Michigan State)
Linda Strubbe (Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics)
Remco van den Bosch (MPIA Heidelberg)
Natalie Webb (IRAP Toulouse)