The workshop MODE-SNR-PWN will bring together three different communities interested in the physics of neutron stars: the neutron star observers, the supernova remnants and pulsar wind nebulae observers and the theoreticians (microphysics and macroscopic modelisation). It is supported by the PNHE, Paris Observatory and the COST activity NewCompStar.

Scientific summary

Over the last decade an enormous amount of new information about neutron stars, pulsars and their wind nebulae, and supernova remnants, has been accumulated by different radiotelescopes, satellites like XMM-NEWTON, CHANDRA, Suzaku, RXTE, INTEGRAL, FERMI, and the earth laboratories as the HESS and VERITAS experiments in the very-high energy gamma-ray domain. Moreover, very interesting informations are expected to shed light on compact stars in the near future thanks to the gravitational-wave detectors like VIRGO and LIGO. Various new phenomenae related for instance to the enormous magnetic fields (Flares and QPO), to the reheating of the crust or to particle acceleration in pulsar wind nebulae and in supernova remnants have been observed. A thorough understanding of all these phenomena requires to bring together leading and promising young researchers from all the fields. Important issues to address include: What can we learn from these new observations about neutron star structure and the radiation mechanism? Which models shall be developed to analyze the new data? What would be key observations for the future?

Meeting program

The workshop shall help the three communities to exchange with each other as well as discussing internal advanced issues. To that end the program will contain parallel specialized sessions as well as plenary sessions with reviews and a round table to help the discussion among the communities. All sessions will be held at the Meudon campus of Paris Observatory. The sessions will be arranged in such a way to create "focus sessions" around certain topics, among them:

  • Radio timing
  • Rotating neutron stars
  • General relativity and neutron star modelisation
  • Equation of state
  • Observation at different wave lengths
  • Emission processes
  • Supernovae
  • Supernova remnants
  • Pulsar wind nebulae.

This year’s edition is devoted to global models and their contribution to our knowledge about pulsars and their environment. Keynote speakers will highlight recent developments in these subfields : Nils Andersson (Southampton, United Kingdom), Oliver Porth (Leeds United Kingdom), Nikolaos Stergioulas (Thessaloniki, Greece), Stefan Typel (Darmstadt, Germany).

Meeting place and dates

The workshop will take place from Wednesday, May 18th to Friday, May, 20th 2016 at the Meudon Campus of Paris Observatory, 5 place Jules Janssen, 92195 Meudon, France. A meeting of the NewCompstar WG2 will take place in Friday afternoon, May, 20th.

Organizing committee

Anthea F. Fantina (Ganil, Caen), Marianne Lemoine-Goumard (CENBG, Bordeaux), Fabrice Mottez (LUTH, Observatoire de Paris), Jérôme Novak (LUTH, Observatoire de Paris), Matthieu Renaud (LUPM, Montpellier), Gilles Theureau (LUTH, Observatoire de Paris/LPC2E/OSUC)