Abstracts 2007

December

December 5, 10:30-16:30 hr: Vitacura Science Days

December 11, 16:30 hr: Dr. Jean-Paul KNEIB (Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille & ESO Visiting Scientist)
Mapping Dark Matter in the Universe with Gravitational Lensing
PRESENTATION

December 12, 11:30 hr: Dr. Carlo IZZO (ESO, Garching)
A bottom-up approach to data reduction
PRESENTATION

December 12, 16:30 hr: Prof. Dainis DRAVINS (Lund Observatory, Sweden & ESO Visiting Scientist)
Photonic astronomy and quantum optics
PRESENTATION

December 13, 16:30 hr: Dr. Nuria HUELAMO (LAEFF-INTA, Spain & ESO Visiting Scientist)
Search of substellar companions around young stars in the solar neighborhood: The SACY survey
PRESENTATION

December 18, 11:30 hr: Mr. Pasquier NOTERDAEME (ESO, Chile)
Molecular hydrogen in Damped Lyman alpha systems

December 19, 16:30 hr: Dr. Michael DAHLEM (CSIRO, Australia & ESO Visiting Scientist)
Different processes of metal enrichment of the ISM/IGM
PRESENTATION

November

November 2, 16:30 hr: Dr. Alexei MOISEEV (Special Astrophysical Obs. of RAS, Karachaevo-Cherkesia, Russia & ESO Visiting Scientist)
3D spectroscopy of galactic rings

November 5, 15:00 hr: Prof. Paul VANDEN BOUT (NRAO & ESO Visiting Scientist)
Lectures on "Molecular gas in the early universe"
Lecture 1: Introduction to the molecular phase of the Galactic ISM and some basics of millimeter/submillimeter astronomy
PRESENTATION (It includes Lectures 1 to 3)

November 6, 15:00 hr: Prof. Paul VANDEN BOUT (NRAO & ESO Visiting Scientist)
Lectures on "Molecular gas in the early universe"
Lecture 2: Molecular gas in nearby galaxies

November 7, 15:00 hr: Prof. Paul VANDEN BOUT (NRAO & ESO Visiting Scientist)
Lectures on "Molecular gas in the early universe"
Lecture 3: Molecular gas in starburst galaxies from ULIRGs to the Era of Re-ionization and prospects with ALMA

November 9, 15:00 hr: Dr. Daniel KUBAS (ESO)
Highlights from the IAU 249 symposium: "Detection, formation, and evolution of exoplanets"

November 12-14: ESO Fellow Symposium 2007
Photo

November 20: Vitacura Science Days

November 21, 16:30 hr: Dr. Jorge MELNICK (ESO)
ESO greatest hits

November 22, 16:30 hr: Dr. Eric MAMAJEK (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, USA)
New Nearby Young Stellar Groups, the Oddball Planetary-Mass Companion 2M1207b, and the Quest to Image an Exoplanet with MMT

November 27, 11:30 hr: Dr. Leonard BURTSCHER (Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie)
Resolving the central dust structure in nearby Seyfert galaxies
PRESENTATION

November 27, 15:00 hr: Prof. Henny LAMERS (Astronomical Institute, Utrecht University, The Netherlands & ESO Visiting Scientist)
Lectures on "Stellar Winds, Mass Loss and its Effect on Stellar Evolution"
Lecture 1: The basic theory
PRESENTATION
1A - 1B
Lecture 2: Winds from Hot Stars
PRESENTATION

November 28, 15:00 hr: Prof. Henny LAMERS (Astronomical Institute, Utrecht University, The Netherlands & ESO Visiting Scientist)
Lectures on "Stellar Winds, Mass Loss and its Effect on Stellar Evolution"
Lecture 3: Winds from Cool Stars
PRESENTATION

Lecture 4: The Effects of Mass Loss on Stellar Evolution
PRESENTATION

November 30, 11:30 hr: Dr. Thomas BENSBY (ESO, Chile)
Abundance structure and chemical evolution in the Solar neighbourhood

October

October 1, 11:30 hr: Alberto REBASSA-MANSERGAS (University of Warwick, UK)
Post common envelope binaries from the SDSS

October 2, 11:00 hr: Prof. Jayant NARLIKAR (Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune, India & ESO Visiting Scientist)
Lecture series on Some conceptual problems in cosmology
Lecture 1: The Problems of Dark Matter and Dark Energy
PRESENTATION

October 3, 11:00 hr: Prof. Jayant NARLIKAR (Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune, India & ESO Visiting Scientist)
Lecture series onSome conceptual problems in cosmology
Lecture 2: The Problem of the Early Universe
PRESENTATION

October 3, 16:30 hr: Prof. Jayant NARLIKAR (Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune, India & ESO Visiting Scientist)
A case for alternative cosmology
PRESENTATION

October 4, 11:00 hr: Prof. Jayant NARLIKAR (Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune, India & ESO Visiting Scientist)
Lecture series onSome conceptual problems in cosmology
Lecture 3: The Problem of Redshifts
PRESENTATION

October 9, 16:30 hr: Prof. Jayant NARLIKAR (Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune, India & ESO Visiting Scientist)
Searches for life in the Universe
PRESENTATION

October 16, 16:30 hr: Dr. Angela BRAGAGLIA (INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Bologna, Italy & ESO Visiting Scientist)
The Bologna Open Cluster Chemical Evolution project
PRESENTATION

October 17, 16:30 hr: Dr. Herman BOEHNHARDT (Max-Planck-Institute for Solar System Research & ESO Visiting Scientist)
Deep Impact and ROSETTA - Cometary science today and in 7 years from now
PRESENTATION

October 18, 11:30 hr: Olga MOREIRA (ESO & Liege University)
Solar-like oscillations in Red Giant Stars
PRESENTATION

October 23, 16:30 hr: Dr. Michele MARIS (Trieste Astronomical Observatory)
VLT Photometry of Uranus Irregular Satellites: Sycorax, Prospero, Stephano, Setebos and Trinculo

October 24, 16:30 hr: Dr. Carlos Alberto O. TORRES (Laboratorio Nacional de Astrofisica, Itajuba, Brazil & ESO Visiting Scientist)
Small Loose Young Association - Results of the SACY project
PRESENTATION

October 25, 16:30 hr: Prof. Henny LAMERS (Astronomical Institute, Utrecht University, Netherlands & ESO Visiting Scientist)
The formation and destruction of star clusters in (interacting) galaxies

October 30, 16:30 hr: Dr. Alison PECK (ALMA)
ALMA: Overview and Current Status
PRESENTATION

October 31, 16:30 hr: Dr. Herman BOEHNHARDT (Max-Planck-Institute for Solar System Research & ESO Visiting Scientist)
News from the Kuiper Belt region
PRESENTATION

September

September 4, 11:30 hr: Irina YEGOROVA (SISSA, Italy)
The mass distribution in spiral galaxies
PRESENTATION

September 5, 16:30 hr: Masayuki TANAKA (ESO - Garching)
The build-up of the red sequence
PRESENTATION
(video-link (seeandshare) to Paranal)

September 6, 11:30 hr: Roberto DECARLI (Università dell'Insubria - Como - Italy)
The nuclear activity of late-type galaxies in the Virgo Cluster
PRESENTATION

September 12, 16:30 hr: Dr. Michelle DOHERTY (ESO, Chile)
The Edge of M87 and Kinematics of the Diffuse Light in the Virgo Cluster Core

September 25, 16:30 hr: Dr. Giovanni CARRARO (ESO, Chile)
Whiting 1: the youngest globular cluster associated with the Srg DSG

August

August 7, 16:30 hr: Dr. Kailash C. SAHU (STScI, Baltimore, USA)
Worlds in Transit

August 16, 16:30 hr: Dr. Gael CHAUVIN (Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Grenoble)
Direct Imaging Detection and Characterization of Planets and Brown Dwarfs

August 22, 16:30 hr: Dr. Fabrice MARTINS (MPE Garching)
Massive stars in the Galactic Center

August 31, 11:30 hr: Gianluca LOMBARDI (ESO Chile)
Towards definitive site testing campaigns for the European Extremely Large Telescope: the status of the art


July

July 4, 16:30 hr: Dr. Markus MUGRAUER (Uni Jena)
The multiplicity of exoplanet host stars
(video-link (seeandshare) to La-Silla)

July 4, 18:00 hr: Prof. Guillermo CHONG (Universidad Católica del Norte, Chile)
Desierto de Atacama: universo geológico y humano
PRESENTATION
PUBLIC CONFERENCE

July 5, 16:30 hr: Prof. Dominique PROUST (Observatoire de Meudon & ESO Visiting Scientist)
The Shapley Supercluster: the largest matter concentration on large-scale of the local universe
(video-link (seeandshare) to Paranal)
PRESENTATION

July 9, 11:30 hr: Dr. Mathieu SERVILLAT (Centre d'Etude Spatiale des Rayonnements, Toulouse)
Identification of faint X-ray sources in globular clusters

July 10, 16:30 hr: Dr. Nicola MASETTI (Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica - Bologna & ESO Visiting Scientist)
X-ray and optical followup of unidentified high-energy sources discovered with INTEGRAL and HESS
PRESENTATION

July 11, 16:30 hr: Prof. Isabelle GRENIER (AIM Laboratory, CEA - CNRS - Universit´┐Ż Paris Diderot)
The future world according to GLAST
PRESENTATION
(video-link (seeandshare) to Paranal)

July 12, 11:00 hr: Prof. Julian KROLIK (Johns Hopkins University & ESO Visiting Scientist)
Basic physics of accretion disks
PRESENTATION
(video-link (seeandshare) to Paranal)

July 12, 17:00 hr: Dr. Dominique PROUST (CNRS / Observatoire de Paris - Meudon & ESO Visiting Scientist)
The Music of the Spheres
PRESENTATION
(video-link (seeandshare) to Paranal)

July 13, 11:00 hr: Prof. Julian KROLIK (Johns Hopkins University & ESO Visiting Scientist)
Atomic radiation mechanisms in AGN
PRESENTATION
(video-link (seeandshare) to Paranal)

July 18, 16:30 hr: Prof. Julian KROLIK (Johns Hopkins University & ESO Visiting Scientist)
Search for obscured QSOs
PRESENTATION

July 19, 16:30 hr: Prof. Julian KROLIK (Johns Hopkins University & ESO Visiting Scientist)
Dynamics of obscuration in AGN
PRESENTATION

July 25, 16:30 hr: Dr. Stephen LOWRY (Queen's University Belfast, UK)
Direct Detection of the Asteroidal YORP Effect

July 26, 16:30 hr: Dr. Guillaume DUBUS (Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Grenoble)
Gamma-ray Binaries

June

June 7, 14:30 hr: Prof. Sergyi SILICH (Instituto Nacional de Astrofisica, Optica y Electronica, Mexico & ESO Visiting Scientist)
Lecture 1: Hydrodynamics of Star Cluster Winds: from the adiabatic to the catastrophic cooling regime.

June 7, 16:30 hr: Dr. Chris WRIGHT (ARC Research Fellow, UNSW@ADFA, Canberra, Australia)
New Mid-Infrared Spectro-Polarimetric Results with TIMMI2
(video-link (seeandshare) to Paranal)

June 12, 14:30 hr: Prof. Sergyi SILICH (Instituto Nacional de Astrofisica, Optica y Electronica, Mexico & ESO Visiting Scientist)
Lecture 2: Hydrodynamics of Star Cluster Winds: interaction with the ambient ISM and heating efficiency.

June 13, 16:30 hr: Dr. Patrice BOUCHET (Observatoire de Paris)
SN1987A: 20 Years After
(video-link (seeandshare) to Paranal)
PRESENTATION

June 25, 16:30 hr: Dr. Peter JONKER ( Netherlands Institute for Space Research )
The neutron star equation of state, 40 years on and still unknown
PRESENTATION

June 27, 16:30 hr: Dr. Livia ORIGLIA (INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Bologna, ITALY)
Infrared spectroscopy of red stellar populations: a powerful tool to trace galaxy evolution
(video-link (seeandshare) to La-Silla)
PRESENTATION

June 28, 16:30 hr: Dr. Katrien KOLENBERG (Institut für Astronomie,Wien)
The Blazhko Effect: Facts, Figures and Possible Clues

May

May 9, 16:30 hr: Dr. Ezequiel TREISTER (ESO)
The Evolution of Super Massive Black Holes

May 10, 18:00 hr: Dr. Dante MINNITI (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)
Descubriendo nuevos mundos
PUBLIC CONFERENCE

May 23, 16:30 hr: Dr. Jorge MELNICK (ESO)
Scientific Highlights from ESO Telescopes

May 29, 16:30 hr: Dr. Yasuo FUKUI (Nagoya University, Japan)
The Dense Molecular Gas in the Galactic Center: Evidence for Magnetic Flotation
PRESENTATION

April

April 3, 16:30 hr: Dr. Alex CARCIOFI(University of Sao Paulo, Brazil & ESO Visiting Scientist)
Be Star Disks: models and observations

April 4, 16:30 hr: Dr. Elena VALENTI (ESO)
Spectroscopic and Photometric IR study of Galactic Bulge Stellar Population

April 9, 10:00 hr: Dr. Francois RIGAUT (Gemini)
Gemini AO Program

April 9, 11:30 hr: Dr. Céline d'ORGEVILLE (Gemini)
Gemini Laser Program: an overview

April 9, 16:30 hr: Andrea MODIGLIANI(ESO)
The UVES-CPL pipeline

April 11, 16:30 hr: Dr.Carla GIL (ESO)
Optical forbidden emission from Herbig Ae/Be stars

March

March 2, 11:30 hr: Dr. Paul VREESWIJK (ESO)
Rapid-Response Mode VLT/UVES spectroscopy of GRB 060418

March 14, 11:30 hr: Dr. Florian KERBER (ESO)
Light Sources for Wavelength Calibration of Spectrographs in the near-IR Calibration Sources

March 19, 16:30 hr: Dr. Antonio DE UGARTE POSTIGO (ESO)
GRB 060121: Implications of a short duration gamma-ray burst at high redshift

March 22, 16:30 hr: Dr. Olivier MOUSIS (Observatoire de Besançon, France & ESO Visiting Scientist )
Solar System Ices

March 26, 16:30 hr: Dr. Sandro D'ODORICO (ESO)
Current VLT Instrumentation projects and Future plans for VLT and ELT

March 27, 16:30 hr: Dr. Fabien MALBET (AMBER Project Scientist)
First astrophysical results with AMBER/VLTI

March 29, 16:30 hr: Dr. Arnaud CASSAN (Astronomisches Rechen-Institut & ESO Visiting Scientist)
Probing the Atmosphere of Bulge Stars through Gravitational Microlensing

February

February 6, 15:00 hr: Dr. Gian Luigi GRANATO (INAF-OAPD, Padova, Italy & ESO Visiting Scientist)
Introductory talk on
"Physics of galaxy formation and its implementation in semi-analytical models for the formation and evolution of galaxies in cosmological context"

February 8, 16:30 hr: Dr. Gian Luigi GRANATO (INAF-OAPD, Padova, Italy & ESO Visiting Scientist)
A model for the joint formation and evolution of spheroidal galaxies and high redshift QSOs
PRESENTATION

February 13, 16:30 hr: Dr. Laura SILVA (INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste, Italy & ESO Visiting Scientist)
Panchromatic population synthesis studies of galaxies
PRESENTATION

February 14, 16:30 hr: Dr. Gayandhi DE SILVA (ESO)
Chemical homogeneity in Galactic star clusters

February 19-23, 10:00 - 12:45 hr: Prof. Piet VAN DER KRUIT (Kapteyn Astronomical Institute & ESO Visiting Scientist)
Lecture: "Structure of Galaxies"

February 21, 16:30 hr: Prof. Piet VAN DER KRUIT (Kapteyn Astronomical Institute & ESO Visiting Scientist)
Truncations in stellar disks and warps in HI-layer in edge-on spiral galaxies
PRESENTATION

February 26, 16:30 hr: Dr. Sergei FABRIKA (Special Astrophysical Observatory, Russia & Univ. of Oulu, Finland)
SS 433 as an ultra-luminous X-ray source in the Milky Way

February 27, 16:30 hr: Dr. Juri POUTANEN (Univ. of Oulu, Finland)
Photon breeding in relativistic jets

February 28, 16:30 hr: Dr. Vivek DHAWAN (NRAO, Array Operations Center, Socorro, NM & ESO Visiting Scientist)
Dancing to the Radio: VLBA Astrometry & Imaging of Stars


January

January 10, 16:30 hr: Dr. Max BAÑADOS (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)
The ground state of General Relativity and Dark Matter
PRESENTATION

January 11, 18:00 hr: Dr. José MAZA (Universidad de Chile)
El Universo: Puedo sentirlo en mis Huesos
PUBLIC CONFERENCE
PRESENTATION

January 16, 16:30 hr: Dr. Tomotsugu GOTO (Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Japan & ESO Visiting Scientist)
The physical origin of E+A (post-starburst) galaxies
PRESENTATION

January 18, 16:30 hr: Dr. Tomotsugu GOTO (Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Japan & ESO Visiting Scientist)
Discovery of a new high redshift QSO at z=5.96 with the Subaru telescope
PRESENTATION

January 24, 16:30 hr: Dr. Alberto BUZZONI (INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Bologna, Italy)
Stellar AGB evolution and its impact on galaxy spectrophotometric properties at low and high redshift: an updated view
PRESENTATION

January 30, 16:30 hr: Dr. Daniel KUBAS (ESO)
Are sub-Neptune mass planets common?