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Laboratory Astrophysics 2012

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November 21-23, 2012

Focus of the workshop



This workshop is intended to bring together people active in the field of laboratory astrophysics in Germany to exchange ideas and foster collaborations. The laboratory groups in Jena, Kassel, Köln and Heidelberg are organizers of this workshop. Internationally renown guests are invited to the meeting to bring some new ideas to the group.  
    30.08.2012: Registration is closed.
Deadline for registration was September 20, 2012.


This year the workshop will be held at the Max-Planck-insitute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn. The local organization is by the laboratory astrophysics group in Köln. The workshop is funded by the DFG priority program (SPP1573) on "Physics of the Interstellar Medium" as well as by the Collaborative Research Center (SFB956) on "Conditions and Impact of Star Formation - Astrophysics, Instrumentation and Laboratory Research". 

The scientific scope of our meeting this year focusses on subjects relevant to the Bonn/Cologne group, namely Molecules and their spectroscopy, isotopic species, as well as carbonaceous and silicon bearing molecules and grains.

Date and location

November 21-23, 2012. The workshop will be held at the Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie in Bonn.

Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie
Auf dem Hügel 69
D-53121 Bonn

Directions to the venue.

Invited speakers

Confirmed speakers Affiliation Title of the talk
Oskar Asvany
I. Physikalisches Institut, Universität zu Köln,
Köln, Germany
Laser Induced Reaction Spectroscopy
Arnaud Belloche
Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie,
Bonn, Germany
Complex organic molecules in the interstellar medium: pushing the limits with millimeter-wavelength spectroscopy
Cecilia Ceccarelli
Institute de Planétologie et d'Astrophysique de Grenoble,
Grenoble, France
Ionization and star formation - canceled
Elisa Costantini SRON, Netherlands Institute for Space Research, Utrecht, Netherlands Interstellar Dust Seen through X-Rays
Kyle Crabtree
Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics,
Cambridge, USA
Sub-Doppler Mid-Infrared Spectroscopy of Molecular Ion
Thomas Giesen
University of Kassel, Department of Physics,
Kassel, Germany
Carbon Clusters
Jens-Uwe Grabow
Leibniz University Hannover, Department of Chemistry,
Hannover, Germany
Spectroscopy, Sky, Stars - and Sugars
Jorma Harju
University of Helsinki, Astronomy Department,
Helsinki, Finland
Observational tests for the chemistry and dynamical evolution
of prestellar cores
Thomas Henning
Max Planck Institute for Astronomy,
Heidelberg, Germany
Water in protoplanetary disks
Friedrich Huisken
Max Placnk Institute for Astronomy,
Heidelberg, Germany
Silicon nanocrystals and the Extended Red Emission
Eric Herbst
University of Virgina, Department of Chemistry,
Virginia, USA
Models of COM formation
Ralf Kaiser
University of Honolulu, Department of Chemistry,
Honolulu, USA
On the Formation of Astrobiologically Important Molecules
Holger Kreckel
Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik,
Heidelberg, Germany
H3+ + H2
Harold Linnartz
Leiden Observatory, University of Leiden,
Leiden, Netherlands
Solid state pathways towards molecular complexity in space
Laurent Margules
Lille, France
THz spectroscopy of isotopic species of complex organic molecules
Harald Mutschke
Astrophysikalisches Institut, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Jena, Germany
Dust opacity measurements in the far-infrared / millimeter range
Jos Oomens
FOM Institute Rijnhuizen,
Rijmhuizen, Netherlands
Combining Mass Spectrometry and IR Laser Spectroscopy to
Study the Astrochemistry of PAHs
Bérengère Parise
Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie,
Bonn, Germany
First detection of OD in a low-mass protostar and consequences
for our understanding of the formation of water
Markus Rölllig
I. Physikalisches Institut, Universität zu Köln,
Köln, Germany
Carbon Fractionation in PDRs
Peter Schilke
I. Physikalisches Institut, Universität zu Köln,
Köln, Germany
Interstellar HnO+
Sven Thorwirth
I. Physikalisches Institut, Universität zu Köln,
Köln, Germany
Infrared spectroscopy of carbon clusters harboring selected heavy elements
Adam Walters
Universite Paul Sabatier (IRAP),
Toulouse, France
Complex organic molecules and their isotopologues:
laboratory spectroscopy and radio astronomy
Andreas Wolf
Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik,
Heidelberg, Germany
Stored ion beams as a tool for laboratory astrophysics

Workshop program

The program and schedule can be found here.


We booked hotel rooms according to the information given upon registration at the Ibis Hotel Bonn. Earliest check-in time is 3pm, luggage can be dropped off at the hotel also during the morning.

Number of participants

Due to the limited capacity and in order to provide a good atmosphere for discussions and scientific exchange, there will be a hard upper limit of 60 participants.


Registration is closed. The deadline for registration was September 20, 2012. There is no registration fee for this workshop.

Local Organizing Committee

Stephan Schlemmer
Oskar Asvany
Sandra Brünken
Sven Thorwirth