Heliosphärische Astroteilchenphysik



The workshop will be hosted by the Unit for Space Physics, North-West University (NWU), Potchefstroom, South Africa; in collaboration with CA Universität zu Kiel and the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany. The main purpose of this workshop is to foster collaboration between participants and in particular to serve as a capacity building effort for heliospace physics in South Africa and Germany. Sponsors: The International Science and Technology Agreements of the South African National Research Foundation and the German Bilateral Cooperation in Science and Technology.


Stonehenge Conference Venue (http://www.stonehengeinafrica.co.za), about 150 km from Johannesburg International ORT Airport and about 60 km south-east from Potchefstroom, close to the Vredefort Meteor Crater, a World Heritage Site (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1162; http://www.domemeander.co.za; http://www.tourismnorthwest.co.za/vredefort_dome). The nearest town is called Parys, about 8 km from the venue. (Yes, the place is called Stonehenge, and the town is named after Pari(s))


Arrival: Monday afternoon (22 March); registration will be at 16:00. Departure Friday at 14:00, after lunch (26 March). The number of participants is limited to 40 persons so that participation is by invitation only.

Registration Fee: Euro 200; to be paid by credit card or money transfer before the end of January 2010. A separate email on the specifics for this payment will be sent out later. Transport, accommodation and meals will be paid by the organizers. Transport from and to Johannesburg International Airport will be provided a day before and after the workshop. Note that in South Africa, 21 March is Human Rights Day and since it falls on a Sunday in 2010, Monday 22 March will be a public holiday. Friday 2 April is Good Friday and Monday 5 April is Family Day, both public holidays. The vacation period for school children is from 26 March to 11 April so if you plan on staying in SA for this period, you need to make reservations in advance. Accompanying persons will have to pay about US$100 per night (which includes accommodation and three meals per day). No registration fee is required for accompanying persons. Note that this venue is not managed as a hotel but as a pre-arranged conference venue so that the tariffs and reservations cannot be changed.

Outline of Scientific Topics

  1. Fundamental processes of the interaction of cosmic rays with turbulent magnetic fields (focussing on the heliosphere)
    1. Turbulence, Diffusion & Drift Theory (applicable to the heliosphere).
  2. Global and local sources of cosmic rays from 1 MeV to a few hundred GeV
    1. Charged particle acceleration in the heliosphere, at the termination shock and in the heliosheath.
    2. Charged particle acceleration in the galaxy: Sources of galactic cosmic rays below ~300 GeV; IS & LIS.
  3. Cosmic ray measurements from Earth to the heliopause
    1. Cosmic ray observations - general.
    2. Charge-sign dependent observations in cosmic rays.
    3. Observation of the anomalous component and other energetic particles.
  4. Modelling of the heliosphere and of cosmic ray transport
    1. Heliospheric geometry and boundaries.
    2. The heliosheath and the anomalous component.
    3. Charge-sign dependent modulation of cosmic rays.
    4. Long-term modulation (11-22 years) and Jovian electrons.
    5. New approaches to the heliospheric modelling of cosmic rays.


Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

Institut für Experimentelle und Angewandte Physik/ Heliosphärische Astroteilchenphysik

Prof. Dr. Bernd Heber, Tel: 0431/880-3955, Fax: 0431/880-3968

E-Mail: heber@physik.uni-kiel.de