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The Unsolved Universe: Challenges for the Future : JENAM 2002 - Mario Monteiro

The Unsolved Universe: Challenges for the Future

JENAM 2002

By: Mario Monteiro (Editor)

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The Joint European and National Astronomical Meeting (JENAM) of 2002, was held in Porto - Portugal (2-7 September 2002), corresponding to the I ph Meeting of the European Astronomical Society (EAS) and the IJ! En­ contra Nacional de Astronomia e Astroftsica (12ENAA) of the Sociedade Portuguesa de Astronomia (SPA). Portugal has a small and young community of researchers in Astronomy. This meeting have had an important role in marking the beginning of what we expect to be a new phase for Astronomy in Portugal. The fact that we have chosen to address '"the future" reflects this will of the Portuguese com­ munity to share and discuss our commitment for the next decades with our colleagues. The meeting, titled "The Unsolved Universe: Challenges for the Fu­ ture", aimed at discussing some of the major research programmes and objec­ tives for the next decades. The scientific programme included the plenary ses­ sions (invited reviews and highlight talks), whose contributions are published in this book, and several workshops on more specific topics.

Whereas many published meeting proceedings are quite limited in relevance (they are rapidly superseded) and in audience (appealing only to specialists), I suspect this little book will appeal to a wider readership, for longer than most. It will stand as an historical record of what researchers considered important in this era. Perhaps in hindsight, future researchers will find the omission of solar-system topics from the list as astonishing, considering the future of humankind may well hinge on our ability to exploit or deflect near-Earth asteroids. Perhaps they will be shocked that the effects of solar activity on the Earth's climate were not worthy of examination. Perhaps they will laugh at our blindness to non-stellar baryons in the Universe. Write down your own list of unsolved astronomical problems, and compare it with those in this book a decade hence! The comparison can only prove enlightening.
(G.C.L. Aikman, The Observatory (124/1183/2004)

Foreword
Committees and Sponsors
List of Participants
Stars and Planets
Asteroseismology and Planet Finding: The Ultra High Precision Photometry European Road Mapp. 1
Extra-Solar Planets: Clues to the Planetary Formation Mechanismsp. 15
Continuum Excess Emission in Young Low Mass Starsp. 25
Galaxies
The Formation and Evolution of Field Massive Galaxiesp. 31
A "Clear" View of the Nucleus: the Megamaser Perspectivep. 49
Low Luminosity BL Lacsp. 59
Cosmology
Cosmic Structures, Parameters & Temperature Anisotropies: Status and Perspectivesp. 69
Probing Dark Energy with Supernova Searchesp. 87
Cosmological Constraints from Chandra X-ray Observations of Galaxy Clustersp. 99
Cosmological Parameter Estimation with the Galaxy Cluster Abundancep. 109
Challenges for the Future
The VLTI: Challenges for the Futurep. 119
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781402016738
ISBN-10: 1402016735
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 131
Published: 31st December 2003
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 29.7 x 21.0  x 1.12
Weight (kg): 0.9