Accretion in a Cosmological Context

The Proceedings of the Conference will be published by Springer Verlag as a part of the ESO Astrophysics Symposia . The deadline for submitting your contribution is September 5, 2004 . Detailed instructions on how to prepare and submit your contribution can be found here.



The final program is available for the conference `Growing Black Holes: Accretion in a Cosmological Context'. The complete list of oral speakers , with all available abstracts, has been posted. Also the list of posters is now available.

Here you can find the text of the final circular , with detailed informations about travel to/from and around Garching, the social program etc. There are also some maps and usefuls links to help you move around.

The conference was part of the series of joint MPA/MPE/ESO/USM Astronomy conferences and took place in Garching, Germany from June 21 to June 25, 2004.

List of Invited and Review Speakers

The list of Invited and Review speakers included:
- Marek Abramowicz: Efficiency of super-Eddington accretion
- Fred Baganoff: Chandra Observations of the Galactic center
- Ralf Bender: Supermassive black holes in galaxy centers
- Roger Blandford: On the evolution of black holes and their host galaxies
- Niel Brandt: X-rays from the First Massive Black Holes
- Karsten Danzmann: LISA and black hole merging
- Andy Fabian: The X-ray Background and black holes accretion history
- Xiaohui Fan: The highest-redshift Quasars
- Reinhard Genzel: The supermassive black hole in our galactic center
- Zoltan Haiman: The growth of the earliest supermassive black holes and their contribution to reionization
- Guenther Hasinger: When supermassive black holes were growing: clues from deep X-ray surveys
- Guineviere Kauffmann: Accretion onto Black Holes in the Local Universe: the SDSS View
- Andrew King: Outflows, M - sigma, and the supermassive BH environment
- Abraham Loeb: Birth and Dynamics of Black Holes in Galaxies
- Piero Madau: Dynamics and Evolution of the Earliest Seed Massive Black Holes
- David Merritt: Interaction of Supermassive black holes with their stellar and dark matter environments
- Sterl Phinney: Black hole astrophysics from gravitational waves
- Martin Rees: The formation and evolution of first black holes
- Bernard Schutz: Gravitational waves from merging black holes: theory and simulations
- Volker Springel: Black holes formation and feedback in cosmological simulations

Scientific Advisory Committee

Ralf Bender (USM/LMU), Roger Blandford (Stanford Univ.), Catherine Cesarsky (ESO), Reinhard Genzel (MPE), Martin Rees (IoA, Cambridge), Rashid Sunyaev (MPA), Scott Tremaine (Princeton).

Local Organizing Committee

Jorge Cuadra-Stipetich (MPA), Andrea Merloni (MPA), Emmi Meyer (MPA) Sergei Nayakshin (MPA), Thibaut Paumard (MPE), Rashid Sunyaev (MPA), Gijs Verdoes Kleijn (ESO)

Topics to be discussed

Were black holes seeds or by-products of galaxy formation?; The growth of SMBHs due to mergers, accretion and stellar captures; How important is the feedback from supermassive black holes in structure formation?; What is the role of accreting black holes in the reionization of the Universe?; Sgr A* as a test-bed for our knowledge of the immediate AGN environment.; What does the X-ray Background tell us about AGN activity and obscuration, both at low and at high redshifts?; What sets QSOs lifetimes and their accretion efficiency? How is the SMBH activity connected to galaxy mergers and central star bursts?; What can we learn about AGN from studies of stellar mass binary black holes?; What is the connection between SMBH jets and accretion discs? Are jets matter or Poynting flux dominated?; SMBHs as sources of gravitational radiation.

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