Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias
Puerto de la Cruz,Tenerife, Canary Islands (Spain)

November 2nd - 13th, 2009


Detailed programme

The detailed programme for each series of lectures will cover the following topics.

Accretion Theory
Henk-Spruit, Max-Planck Institut für Astrophysik, Germany

Lecture 1: Concepts

Lecture 2

Lecture 3

Lecture 4

Lecture 5

Accretion in white dwarf systems
Brian Warner, University of Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA

Lecture 1: Accretion from Interstellar and Circumstellar gas and dust.

Lecture 2: Roche lobe overflow.

Lecture 3: Accretion with magnetic fields I

Lecture 4: Accretion with magnetic fields II

Lecture 5: Accretion onto pulsating white dwarfs

Accretion in neutron star/black hole systems
Robert Hynes, Louisiana State University, USA

 Lecture 1

Lecture 2

Lecture 3

 Lecture 4

Lecture 5

Evolution of CVs/LMXBs and the role of mass transfer and accretion
Philipp Podsiadlowski, University of Oxford, UK

Lecture 1: Binary Evolution: Fundamentals

Lecture 2: Current Problems/Issues in Binary Evolution

Lecture 3: Late Stellar Evolution and Supernovae in Binaries

Lecture 4: Low-Mass X-Ray Binaries and Millisecond Pulsars low-and intermediate-mass X-ray binaries

Lecture 5: High-Mass X-Ray Binaries

Accretion-powered binaries in other galaxies
Giuseppina Fabbiano, Harvard-Smithosian Center for Astrophysics, USA

Lecture 1: X-ray binary populations in galaxies
a) Discovery and first conclusions.

b) Methods

Lecture 2: The XLF of different stellar populations

Lecture 3: Delving deeper into the LMXB population

Lecture 4:
a) LMXB population and ULXs

b) ULXs

Lecture 5: ULXs

Observational characteristics of accretion onto black Holes I
Rob Fender, University of Southampton, UK

Lecture 1: Introduction

Lecture 2: Mass scalings and the AGN zoo.

Lecture 3: Jets and outflows I

Lecture 4: Jets and outflows II

Lecture 5: Open questions

Open questions from the students (to be solicited earlier in the course)

Observational characteristics of accretion onto black Holes II
Christine Done, University of Durham, UK

Lecture 1:

Lecture 2:

Lecture 3:

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Lecture 5:

The theory of relativistic accretion flows
John Hawley, University of Virginia, USA

Lecture 1: Black Holes, Central Engines and Disk Accretion

Lecture 2: Turbulent Transport in Disks and the Physics of the MRI

Lecture 3: Computational Astrophysics

Lecture 4: Local Simulations:  The Shearing Box

Lecture 5: Global Simulations of Black Hole Accretion and Jets