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Large-Scale Computation in Astrophysics

11th October 2004 to 15th October 2004

Organisers: Robert Rosner (Chicago), Fausto Cattaneo (Chicago), Sam Falle (Leeds), Neal Hurlburt (Palo Alto), Ewald Müller (Garching) and James Stone (Princeton).

Supported by the European Commission, Sixth Framework Programme - Marie Curie Conferences and Training Courses - MSCF-CT-2003-503674

Workshop Theme

Astrophysical plasmas are typically in an extremely turbulent state, characterised by high values of the Reynolds number and magnetic Reynolds number. The fundamental - and possibly most difficult - problem in astrophysical MHD is thus to address the interaction between a magnetic field and a turbulent, electrically conducting, gas or fluid. The aim of the conference will be to cover the differing computational approaches to the problem of MHD turbulence, together with the many theoretical ideas underlying these, and to discuss in depth both the strong and weak features of these various approaches. The conference is particularly timely since the last few years have seen a dramatic leap in the nature of the problems that can be studied computationally. The advent of affordable parallel computing facilities, allied to techniques such as adaptive mesh refinement, is allowing, essentially for the first time, realistic computational exploration of turbulent fluids.

The programme will contain lectures by leading figures that will cover a full range of theoretical and computational topics, with an opportunity for further shorter presentations.

University of Cambridge Research Councils UK
    Clay Mathematics Institute The Leverhulme Trust London Mathematical Society Microsoft Research NM Rothschild and Sons