Summer School
Radiative Transfer and Numerical Magnetohydrodynamics

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University of Oslo, 19-29 June 2007

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Programme Information and Lecture Schedule
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Information for Students
Oslo and Norway


A summer school, ``Radiative Transfer and Numerical Magnetohydrodynamics'', will be held at the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Oslo, Norway, from 19th to 29th June, 2007. The school is organised as part of the EU Marie-Curie action Utrecht-Stockholm-Oslo International Graduate School for Solar Physics .

The analysis of electromagnetic radiation is our most important tool to probe the physical conditions of space plasmas outside the reach of in-situ measurements. In optically thick plasmas the decoding of the information is non-trivial; this is the reason why the theory of radiative transfer has a central position in astrophysics.

It has long been realized that static models fail to describe the outer atmospheres of stars. In the outer solar atmosphere magnetic fields play a crucial role both for the energetics and dynamics.

The aim of the summer school is to give a basic understanding of radiation, radiative transfer, polarimetry and numerical magnetohydrodynamics in the context of stellar atmospheres. Special emphasis will be given to applications through practical work with numerical methods.

Information For Students

The total cost of the school is 3000 NOK, including accomodation in student housing for two weeks, Oslo subway card for two weeks and lecture notes, but excluding food. June 18 is arrival date (no program) and the accomodation includes the weekend following the school (departure before Sunday July 1st at 12:00). Upon arrival in Oslo you should go to "Kringsjå", the second to last stop on subway line 3 "Sognsvann". From the Gardermoen airport the easiest is to take the airport express train to "Oslo S" (Oslo central station) and the subway from there. From 16:00 there will be a person from the institute present at the Kringsjå subway station that will guide you to your student accommodation. If you arrive earlier you may leave your luggage in a locker at the Oslo central station and do some sightseeing while waiting or you may go to the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics (subway lines 3 "Sognsvann", 4 "Ringen" or 5 "Storo" to "Blindern" station and 3 min walk from there, see map below). You will get an invoice for the participation fee when you arrive.

Oslo and Norway

The programme for the school will leave some time for sightseeing in the Oslo area. The following links may be helpful:

Some Maps of the Campus
Travelguide to Norway