3rd VVV Science Meeting, Vina del Mar 2012

The 3rd VISTA Variables in the Via Lactea Science Meeting will be held at Vina del Mar, Chile, 22-24 March 2012

3rd VVV Meeting

3rd VVV Meeting Poster

Scientific Rationale

VISTA Variables in the Via Lactea (VVV) is one of the six ESO Public Surveys selected to operate with the new 4-meter VISTA Telescope. VVV is scanning the Milky Way bulge and an adjacent section of the midplane, where star formation activity is high. The survey will take 1929 hours of observations during five years (2010–2014), covering ~109 point sources across an area of 520 deg2, including 33 known globular and ~420 open clusters. During the Third VVV Meeting we will discuss the results of the first two years of the VVV Survey as well as to plan the strategies for the next years. The Meeting is being planned to include contributed talks, poster sessions and plenary discussions.

Topics

  • Interstellar Medium
  • Stellar Populations
  • Pulsating Variables
  • Nearby Stars and BDs
  • Main Belt Asteroids and TNOs
  • Galaxies in the Avoidance Zone
  • Quasars and AGNs
  • Galactic Structure
  • Eclipsing Binaries
  • Star Clusters and SFRs

Registration

Registration for all participants must be made directly by email to rsaito@astro.puc.cl. Please include your First and Last Name, Institution, Country and in the case you are planning to contribute with a talk or poster, please send us an informative title. The registration is now closed.

Important updates:

Deadline: Since the Chilean universities are officially in vacations during February, we are extending the deadline for registration to March 4.

Financial support: We are able to provide financial support covering two nights at Hotel San Martin (double room, check-in/-out on Thursday/Saturday) for a limited number of students and participants presenting talks/posters. In any case you must proceed with the hotel reservation according with the instructions present below.

Accommodation

The Conference will be held at Hotel San Martin, situated across the street from the beach and enclosed in the gastronomical heart of Vina de Mar. Reservations must be made directly at the hotel before February 24, 2012, and the participants should mention they will participate in the “VVV Science Meeting” in order to get special prices. After February 24 the hotel does not guarantee the availability of rooms for the participants. For any question about the reservations please contact:

Alternative accommodation options are available in Vina del Mar and nearby Valparaiso: [1] [2]

Traveling to Vina del Mar

The International Airport of Santiago (code SCL), officially called Arturo Merino Benitez, is located on the outskirts of Santiago. Public transport is available between the airport and downtown Santiago, with options including buses, minibuses and taxis. We highly recommend using the official transport offered by Santiago airport. Further information can be found at http://www.aeropuertosantiago.cl/. Those who wish to travel directly from the airport to Vina del Mar can take a bus (details at the link above) or taxi to Estacion Pajaritos, from there you can catch a bus to Vina del Mar. Alternatively, if you arrive on a LAN flight it is possible to book a direct transfer from the airport to Vina. This journey must be booked in advance with LAN and is apparently not available to passengers arriving on other airlines (http://www.lan.com/asociados/informacion/datos_uso_diario/buses_vina.html).

Vina del Mar

Vina del Mar is a Chilean commune and coastal city in Valparaiso Province, 120km from Santiago. Vina is also known as La Ciudad Jardin (“The Garden City”) for displaying big green areas. It has precious beaches, with long avenues that limit with the ocean. During March the average temperature in Vina del Mar ranges from 12C (54F) to 21C (70F) with little rain, ~2 mm/month. A regular bus service connects Vina to Santiago every 10-20min during the day. (see turbus or pullman bus).


Scientific Program (pdf)

Day 1, March 22

09:40 – 10:20 → Registration

10:20 – 11:00 → Coffee-Break & Poster Session

Session I, Chair: Marcio Catelan

11:00 – 11:10 → Welcome, Marcio Catelan (PUC – Chile)

11:10 – 11:40 → VISTA’s status, Jim Emerson (Queen Mary, University of London)

11:40 – 12:00 → Updates from CASU, Nicholas Walton (Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge)

12:00 – 12:20 → Updates from WFAU, Nicholas Cross (Institute for Astronomy, University of Edinburgh)

12:20 – 14:00 → Lunch

Session II, Chair: Wolfgang Gieren

14:00 – 14:20 → Updates from the VVV Templates Project, Rodolfo Angeloni (PUC-Chile)

14:20 – 14:40 → Active learning for light curves classification, Cristobal Berger (PUC-Chile)

14:40 – 15:00 → Reference image selection for difference imaging analysis, Leo Huckvale (Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, University of Manchester)

15:00 – 15:30 → Coffee-Break & Poster Session

Session III, Chair: Sebastian Gurovich

15:30 – 15:45 → Variable Star Catalogue from WFCAM: Multicolor Light Curves of RR-Lyraes and Eclipsing Binaries, Carlos Eduardo Lopes (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte / PUC-Chile)

15:45 – 16:00 → Tracing the structure of the Galaxy with detached eclipsing binaries, Krzysztof Helminiak (PUC-Chile)

16:00 – 16:30 → Plenary Discussion 01

19:00 – 20:00 → Public Talk: Vida y Muerte de una Estrella, Javier Alonso-Garcia (PUC-Chile)

20:30 –           → Cocktail

Day 2, March 23

Session IV, Chair: Radostin Kurtev

09:00 – 09:20 → VVV-SkZ_pipeline: Updates and first scientific results, Francesco Mauro (Universidad de Concepcion / Gemini Observatory South)

09:20 – 09:40 → Globular clusters in the VVV, Christian Moni Bidin (Universidad de Concepcion)

09:40 – 10:00 → Properties of the Galactic globular clusters in the VVV survey, Javier Alonso-Garcia (PUC-Chile)

10:00 – 10:20 → POSTER ADVERTS

10:20 – 11:00 → Coffee-Break & Poster Session

Session V, Chair: Jura Borissova

11:00 – 11:20 → The Integrated Near-Infrared Luminosity of Globular Clusters in the Milky Way and the Magellanic Clouds, Maren Hempel (PUC-Chile)

11:20 – 11:40 → The Search for Stellar Clusters in the VVV Survey, Bogdan Popescu (University of Cincinnati)

11:40 – 12:00 → Detection of OB associations in the VVV catalogues, Mario Soto (Universidad de La Serena)

12:00 – 12:20 → The RCW106 HII complex as seem from the VVV survey: constraining the hipotesys of sequential star formation induced by gravitational spiral waves, Alexandre Roman Lopes (Universidad de La Serena)

12:20 – 14:00 → Lunch

Session VI, Chair: Carlos Feinstein

14:00 – 14:20 → A first look at variability in star formation regions with VVV, Philip Lucas (University of Hertfordshire)

14:20 – 14:40 → Porting the Ca triplet method to the near-IR, Ivo Saviane (ESO)

14:40 – 15:00 → The first confirmed microlensing event in a globular cluster, Pawel Pietrukowicz (Warsaw University Observatory)

15:00 – 15:30 → Coffee-Break & Poster Session

Session VII, Chair: Dante Minniti

15:30 – 15:45 → Search for debris disks in the VVV field, Roberto Saito (PUC-Chile)

15:45 – 16:00 → Presentation of the new VVV website, Andre-Nicolas Chene (Univ. de Concepcion / Univ. de Valparaiso)

16:00 – 16:30 → Plenary Discussion 02

21:00 –           → Conference Dinner

Day 3, March 24

Session VIII, Chair: Nelson Padilla

09:00 – 09:20 → Search for Companions to High Proper Motion Stars with the VVV Survey, Valentin Ivanov (ESO)

09:20 – 09:40 → Gaia Science Alerts and VVV, Nadia Blagorodnova (Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge)

09:40 – 10:00 → Introducing BEAM: a VVV based Bulge Extinction and Metallicity calculator, Oscar Gonzalez (ESO)

10:00 – 10:20 → The inner Milky Way bulge structure traced by the VVV survey, Marina Rejkuba (ESO)

10:20 – 11:00 → Coffee-Break & Poster Session

Session IX, Chair: Veronica Motta

11:00 – 11:20 → A thousand galaxies in Vista Variables in the Via Lactea, Eduardo Amores (Laboratorio Nacional de Astrofisica)

11:20 – 11:40 → Plenary Discussion 03

11:40 – 12:00 → The VVV Survey: An Outlook, Dante Minniti (PUC-Chile)


Posters

P01 → Infrarred study of embebed clusters at l =345deg, Gustavo Baume & Carlos Feinstein, Facultad de Ciencias Astronomicas y Geofisicas, UNLP

P02 → Pursuing RRLyrae template lightcurves in the globular clusters M62, Juan Carlos Beamin (PUC-Chile)

P03 → Buidling an large, homogenous catalog of open clusters with VVV, Andre-Nicolas Chene (Univ. de Concepcion / Univ. de Valparaiso)

P04 → Getting a vista of the Sagittarius Dwarf Elliptical with the VVV, Sebastian Gurovich (IATE, Cordoba)

P05 → The First VVV-WISE Brown Dwarf Candidates, Radostin Kurtev (Universidad de Valparaiso)

P06 → Period-Luminosity relations for delta Scuti star, Camila Navarrete (PUC-Chile)

P07 → Exploring the variable sky with LINEAR, Lovro Palaversa (University of Geneva)

P08 → IR Light Curve of BL Cam using BOAO in Korea: The Preliminary result of VVV light curve templates, Janghee Han (Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute)


Participants

Last update on 08.mar.2012

First Name Last Name Institution Country Contribution Title
Javier Alonso-Garcia PUC-Chile Chile Talk Properties of the Galactic globular clusters in the VVV survey
Eduardo Amores Laboratorio Nacional de Astrofisica Brazil Talk A thousand galaxies in Vista Variables in the Via Lactea
Rodolfo Angeloni PUC-Chile Chile Talk Updates from the VVV Templates Project
Rodolfo Barba Universidad de La Serena Chile
Gustavo Baume Facultad de Ciencias Astronomicas y Geofisicas, UNLP Argentina Poster Infrarred Study of embebed clusters at l=345deg
Juan Carlos Beamin PUC-Chile Chile Poster Pursuing RRLyrae template lightcurves in the globular clusters M62
Cristobal Berger PUC-Chile Chile Talk Active learning for light curves classification
Nadia Blagorodnova Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge UK Talk Gaia Science Alerts and VVV
Jura Borissova Universidad de Valparaiso Chile
Claudio Caceres Universidad de Valparaiso Chile
Giovanni Carraro ESO Chile
Marcio Catelan PUC-Chile Chile
Andre-Nicolas Chene Universidad de Concepcion / Universidad de Valparaiso Chile Talk Presentation of the new VVV website
Poster Buidling an large, homogenous catalog of open clusters with VVV
Nicholas Cross Institute for Astronomy, University of Edinburgh UK Talk Updates from WFAU
Istvan Dekany PUC-Chile Chile Talk VVV followup of microlensed sources
Poster NIR template light curves from globular clusters
Jim Emerson Queen Mary, University of London UK Talk VISTA’s status
Carlos Feinstein Facultad de Ciencias Astronomicas y Geofisicas, UNLP Argentina Poster Infrarred Study of embebed clusters at l=345deg
Wolfgang Gieren Universidad de Concepcion Chile
Oscar Gonzalez ESO Germany Talk Introducing BEAM: a VVV based Bulge Extinction and Metallicity calculator
Sebastian Gurovich IATE, Cordoba Argentina Poster Getting a vista of the Sagittarius Dwarf Elliptical with the VVV
Krzysztof Helminiak PUC-Chile Chile Talk Tracing the structure of the Galaxy with detached eclipsing binaries
Maren Hempel PUC-Chile Chile Talk The Integrated Near-Infrared Luminosity of Globular Clusters in the Milky Way and the Magellanic Clouds
Leo Huckvale Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, University of Manchester UK Talk Reference image selection for difference imaging analysis
Valentin Ivanov ESO Chile Talk Search for Companions to High Proper Motion Stars with the VVV Survey
Radostin Kurtev Universidad de Valparaiso Chile Poster The First VVV-WISE Brown Dwarf Candidates
Eliade Lima Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul Brazil
Paul Leyton PUC-Chile Chile
Carlos Eduardo Lopes Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte / PUC-Chile Brazil / Chile Talk Variable Star Catalogue from WFCAM: Multicolor Light Curves of RR-Lyraes and Eclipsing Binaries
Philip Lucas University of Hertfordshire UK Talk A first look at variability in star formation regions with VVV
Francesco Mauro Universidad de Concepcion / Gemini Observatory South Chile Talk VVV-SkZ_pipeline: Updates and first scientific results
Dante Minniti PUC-Chile Chile Talk A Status Report on the VVV Survey
Javier Minniti FaMAF, Universidad Nacional de Cordoba Argentina
Christian Moni Bidin Universidad de Concepcion Chile Talk Globular clusters in the VVV
Veronica Motta Universidad de Valparaiso Chile
Martin Moyano Observatorio Astronomico Cordoba Argentina
Camila Navarrete PUC-Chile Chile Poster Period-Luminosity relations for delta Scuti star
Claudio Navarro PUC-Chile Chile Poster TBD
Boris Ormeno Universidad de Valparaiso Chile
Nelson Padilla PUC-Chile Chile
Lovro Palaversa University of Geneva Switzerland Poster Exploring the variable sky with LINEAR
Francisco Penaloza Universidad de Valparaiso Chile
Pawel Pietrukowicz Warsaw University Observatory Poland Talk The first confirmed microlensing event in a globular cluster
Bogdan Popescu University of Cincinnati USA Talk The Search for Stellar Clusters in the VVV Survey
Marina Rejkuba ESO Germany Talk The inner Milky Way bulge structure traced by the VVV survey
Alejandra Rojas PUC-Chile Chile
Alvaro Rojas PUC-Chile Chile
Alexandre Roman Lopes Universidad de La Serena Chile Talk The RCW106 HII complex as seem from the VVV survey: constraining the hipotesys of sequential star formation induced by gravitational spiral waves
Roberto Saito PUC-Chile Chile Talk Search for debris disks in the VVV field
Ivo Saviane ESO Chile Talk Porting the Ca triplet method to the near-IR
Mario Soto Universidad de La Serena Chile Talk Detection of OB associations in the VVV catalogues
Gabriel Torrealba PUC-Chile Chile
Sergio Vasquez PUC-Chile Chile
Nicholas Walton Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge UK Talk Updates from CASU

 

SOC and LOC

Local Organizing Committee: Radostin Kurtev (Chair), Roberto Saito, Jura Borissova, Joyce Pullen, Maren Hempel, Javier Alonso-Garcia, Rodolfo Angeloni, Istvan Dekany, Krzysztof Helminiak

Science Organizing Committee: Marcio Catelan (Chair), Dante Minniti, Phil Lucas, Rodolfo Barba, Jura Borissova, Jim Emerson, Doug Geisler, Valentin Ivanov, Radostin Kurtev, Marina Rejkuba