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Evolution and Explosion of Massive Stars

Armagh Meeting at AOP, 10-11 August 2017

Meetings funded by the Irish Research Council's New Foundations programme to promote research on massive stars and supernovae in Ireland, North and South.
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Key Information

Location Armagh Observatory and Planetarium, College Hill, Armagh BT61 9DG, Northern Ireland.
Dates 10-11 August 2017. Registration is now open!
SOC Morgan Fraser, Jose Groh, Rubina Kotak, Jonathan Mackey, John Regan, Jorick Vink
Contact eestars@cp.dias.ie


Registration is now closed.


Name Affiliation
Joachim Bestenlehner University of Sheffield
Ioana Boian Trinity College Dublin
Emma Callis University College Dublin
Peter Clark Queen's University Belfast
Nancy Elias de la Rosa Istituto Nazionale di Astorfisica (INAF)
Morgan Fraser University College Dublin
Sam Green Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
Jose Groh Trinity College Dublin
Thomas Haworth Imperial College London
Erin Higgins Armagh Observatory and Planetarium
Raphael Hirschi Keele University
Simon Jeffery Armagh Observatory and Planetarium
Robert Kavanagh Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
Alexandra Kozyreva Tel Aviv University, Israel
Jonathan Mackey Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
Shane Moran University College Dublin
Takashi Moriya National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
David O'Neill Queen's University Belfast
Sam Patrick University of Portsmouth
Oscar Ramirez-Agudelo UKATC, STFC, Royal Observatory Edinburgh
Gemma Rate University of Sheffield
John Regan Dublin City University
Tom Reynolds University of Turku, Finland
Eliceth Rojas Montes Armagh Observatory and Planetarium
Elena Maria Rossi Leiden Observatory, Leiden
Toma Ruxandra Armagh Observatory and Planetarium
Nir Shaviv Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mike Simms National Museums Northern Ireland
Stephen Smartt Queen's University Belfast
Allard Jan van Marle Laboratoire Astroparticule et Cosmologie, Paris
Jorick Vink Armagh Observatory and Planetarium
Daniel Whalen University of Portsmouth


  • The meeting will take place 10-11 August at AOP.
  • Meeting dinner at Uluru Bar and Grill on Market St. in the centre of Armagh, at 7pm on Thursday.
  • The format will be oriented towards discussion of open problems and how to make progress; i.e., fewer formal talks than at the Dublin meeting.
  • There will be a Public Open Night about Massive Stars at the Armagh Planetarium in the evening of 16th August.

Meeting Programme

Thursday August 10th

Session 1: Evolution of very massive stars into Black Holes

10:15-10:45 Coffee
10:45-11:00 Michael Burton Welcome from the Director
11:00-11:10 Jorick Vink Intro
11:10-11:40 Nir Shaviv (invited) "From the super-Eddington state of very massive stars to predicting SN precursors"
11:40-12:00 Raphael Hirschi "Evolution of VMS"
12:00-12:20 Gemma Rate "Wolf-Rayet surveys: Past, present and future"
12:20-12:30 Eliceth Rojas-Montes "Wolf-Rayet stars in the low Z environment of the SMC"
12:30-12:40 Erin Higgins "Stellar models as a function of Z"
12:40-13:15 Discussion Question How to make "heavy" Black Holes?
13:15-14:00 Lunch

Session 2: the low Z Universe

14:00-14:10 John Regan Introduction
14:10-14:40 Dan Whalen (invited) "The Evolution of Supermassive Primordial Stars and the Birth of the First Quasars"
14:40-15:05 Elena Rossi "Black Holes, supermassive stars, and the early Universe"
15:05-15:30 Alexandra Kozyreva "Pair instability SNe in early Universe"
15:30-16:00 Coffee
16:00-17:00 Discussion "No one believes in Super Massive Stars - why are we even discussing them?"
17:00 Planetarium Show Dark Matter
19:00 Workshop Dinner Uluru Bar and Grill on Market St.

Friday August 11th

Session 3: Supernova Progenitors

9:00-9:10 Morgan Fraser Introduction
9:10-9:40 Nancy Elias Rosa (invited) "Interacting SNe and impostors"
9:40-10:05 Stephen Smartt "Superluminous SNe & e-Pessto"
10:05-10:15 Tom Reynolds "The Type II SN 2016gsd and the NUTS survey"
10:15-10:25 David O'Neill "Sub-luminous IIP supernovae and SN2014bi"
10:25-11:00 Discussion Do LBVs explode?
11:00-11:30 Coffee

Session 4: Hydrodynamical interaction & Radiative Transfer

11:30-11:40 Jonathan Mackey Introduction
11:40-12:10 Allard-Jan van Marle "Interaction, non-thermal particles & astrophysical shocks"
12:10-12:30 Takashi Moriya "Interaction"
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-13:50 Jose Groh "non-LTE modelling of interacting SNe"
13:50-14:15 Thomas Haworth "TORUS radiative transfer modelling"
14:15-14:45 Discussion What can we definitively conclude from comparing pre-SN mass loss & evolution with post-SN observations?
14:45-15:15 Coffee

Session 5: concluding discussions

15:15-16:00 Discussion General discussion on Massive Stars
16:00 Finish

Travelling to Northern Ireland

Belfast has two airports, Belfast International Airport and Belfast City Airport, both are about 40 miles (70 km) from Armagh. EasyJet and Ryanair operate a range of scheduled services to Belfast International Airport, and flybe, Aer Lingus and British Airways operate scheduled services to Belfast City Airport.

It is also possible to fly to Dublin Airport in the Republic of Ireland, which is about 80 miles (125 km) from Armagh. Dublin Airport offers a good choice of connections, airlines and frequency of services. Note, however, that a separate visa may be required for certain nationals.

Getting to Armagh

Once people have booked their flights and communicated their flight details, we can help with local transport, later. For now: try to get to (in this order):

  1. Belfast City
  2. Belfast International
  3. Dublin Airport


There are two hotels in the centre of Armagh; a modern hotel called the Armagh City Hotel (http://www.armaghcityhotel.com) and a smaller family hotel called the Charlemont Arms Hotel (http://www.charlemontarmshotel.com).

The Charlemont is cheaper (about 50-60 GBP), slightly closer, and due to its more intimate character, it is preferred by most visitors to the Observatory.

For Armagh City Hotel email central reservations res@mooneyhotelgroup.com or phone +44(0)28 9038 5050; for Charlemont Arms Hotel email info@charlemontarmshotel.com or phone +44(0)28 3752 2028.

There are also a number of Bed & Breakfast accommodation in and around Armagh, their details can be obtained on the Visit Armagh website (http://www.armagh.co.uk/accommodation/).

NOTE that Aug 10-13 has the Armagh Blues Festival, http://www.armagh.co.uk/7hills/. This means that the hotels are expected to fill up quickly, and EEstars attendees are urged to book their accomodation ASAP!!


Email: eestars@cp.dias.ie
Phone: +353-1-4406656

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