2014 RoboPol Collaboration Meeting - Heraklion, Crete

The Robopol workshop will take place from April 22 2014 to April 24 2014, at Seminar Room 2 of the Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser of the Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas.

Confirmed Participants:

  • U. Crete/FORTH: Spiros Anastasiadis, Dmitry Blinov, Tassos Kougentakis, Nick Kylafis, Yannis Liodakis, Makis Paleologou, Gina Panopoulou, Iosif Papadakis, Yannis Papamastorakis, Giorgos Paterakis, Vaso Pavlidou, Pablo Reig, Anna Steiakaki, Kostas Tassis, Theodore Tomaras
  • Caltech: Tony Readhead, Tim Pearson, Oliver King, Talvikki Hovatta, Ashish Mahabal (through Skype)
  • Max-Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy: Manolis Angelakis, Jannis Myserlis, Anton Zensus (through Skype)
  • IUCAA: A. Ramaprakash
  • Nicolaus Copernicus University / Torun Observatory: A. Kus, E. Pazderski, B. Pazdereska
  • Purdue: Dimitris Giannios (through Skype)

Agenda:

Tuesday 22 April: Science

10:00 - 11:30 Introductory Session

  • Welcome address (Spiros Anastasiadis, FORTH-IESL Director)
  • Skinakas Observatory (30 min, Yannis Papamastorakis, Skinakas Director)
  • RoboPol Instrument (30 min, A. Ramaprakash) Dust Science

11:30-12:45 Dust Science

  • CMB polarization and foregrounds (Tim Pearson, 30min)
  • 2013 interstellar medium observations (30 min, Kostas Tassis)
  • Discussion (15 min)

12:45-13:15: New Science

  • Be/X-ray binaries etc. (30 min, Pablo Reig)


13:15-15:00: Lunch and informal small-group discussions

15:00-18:00: Blazars and Gamma-ray Bursts

  • EVPA swing mechanisms in blazars (30 min, Sebastian Kiehlmann)
  • 2013 monitoring program, rotations (30 min, Dmitry Blinov)
  • 2013 monitoring program, polarization variability (30 min, Manolis Angelakis)
  • Blazars hosts and TeV sources (30 min, Talvikki Hovatta) Discussion (15 min)
  • Gamma-ray bursts (30 min, Oliver King) Discussion (15 min)

Wednesday, 23 April: Instrumentation and Observations / Papers

10:00 - 13:00: Skinakas and Polarimeter issues

  • New autoguider, diagonal mirror for easy switching between polarimetry and imaging (Anna)
  • Dust detector (Manolis)
  • Observing shifts (discussion)
  • Control of possible wide-field systematics (Gina)
    
  • Model stability (Dmitry)
  • Dynamical Scheduling (Dmitry)

13:00-15:00: Lunch and informal small-group discussions

15:00-18:00 Management Panel Meeting

  • Update of Collaboration Policies

Thursday, 24 April: Planning

10:00-11:00 Update on Management Panel Discussions

11:00-12:00: Science Planning

  • Upcoming papers: scheduling, role assignments
  • Observing Program


13:00 -15:00: Lunch and informal small-group discussions

15:00 - 18:00 New Science Planning