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Suzaku News #058: 3rd Suzaku Conference - 1st announcement

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          First circular of the 3rd Suzaku Conference Announcement
             "The Energetic Cosmos : from Suzaku to ASTRO-H"
                    29 June -- 2 July, 2009, Otaru, Japan

Since the launch on 2005 July 10, the cosmic X-ray satellite Suzaku
has been operating successfully under a close Japan-US collaboration.
Thanks to the unprecedented broad-band coverage provided by the
XRT+XIS and the HXD, aided by their low backgrounds and good energy
responses, a large amount of scientific results are accumulating.  In
the International Year of Astronomy 2009, it is our hope to harvest
them, and assemble them into novel research paradigms that innovate
our view of The Energetic Cosmos.

These attempts will further strengthen the ASTRO-H (previously known
as NeXT) project, Suzaku's successor, which is making a steady
progress toward its launch around 2013. Our scope also includes NuStar
and Simbol-X, and further extends to the genuine one-world X-ray
mission, IXO. At the same time, the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope is
producing excellent initial results. The MAXI (Monitor of All-Sky
X-ray Image) experiment, to be on-board the ISS Japan Experimental
Module, is also ready for launch May 2009.

Given these plentiful high-energy astrophysics results, we would like
to organize the 3rd Suzaku conference, at the charming city of Otaru,
located in Hokkaido which is the northernmost of the Japan's four
major islands. This conference follows the first one held at
Kyoto/Japan in December 2006, and the second at San Diego/California
in December 2007.

The conference will be organized so as to highlight common physics
among different types of objects, rather than treating them
separately.  Focusing mainly on the results obtained with Suzaku, the
conference will also cover new results from related missions, Chandra,
XMM-Newton, INTEGRAL, Swift, Fermi, and others.

- Particle acceleration in cosmic shocks and jets (SNRs, Blazars ,GRBs,..)
- X-ray diagnostics of cosmic hot plasmas (Galactic diffuse, SNRs, clusters,..)
- Magnetic activities in stellar objects (pulsars/magnetars, WDs, stellar flares,.. )
- Primary and reprocessed emissions from accreting objects (BHBs, LMXBs, ULXs, AGNs, ..)
- X-ray views of the evolution of the universe (GRBs, AGNs, clusters, ..)
- Highlights from the Fermi Space Gamma-Ray Telescope
- Status of the MAXI experiment
- From Suzaku to ASTRO-H and other missions, and further to IXO

  2009 June 29 (Mon) afternoon -- July 2 (Thu) evening

[Registration fee (including Banquet, tentative)]
  10,000 yen per person (5000 yen for a student)
  To be paid via Web.

[Conference web]

[Some Information of the Otaru City]

[The Hotel URL]
  (E) http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/CTSOTHI-Hilton-Otaru/index.do
  (J) http://hiltonjapan.ehotel-reserve.com/hilton-otaru/index.html
  Block-reserved rooms will become available on the Web.
  Please wait for that.

[Important Dates]
  Pre-registration deadline  ------------ 2009 January 31
  Registration & Abstract deadline ------ 2009 March 16
  Hotel Booking Deadline ---------------- 2009 April 13

  To be published online and CD-ROM

[Financial Support]
  Extremely limited

[Scientific Organizing Committee]
  Makishima, K. (U-Tokyo and RIKEN, Japan) -- Chair
  Angelini, L. (NASA/GSFC)
  Bautz, M. W. (MIT, UAA)
  Dotani, T. (ISAS/JAXA, Japan)
  Fabian, A. C. (IoA, Cambridge, UK)
  Kawai, N. (Tokyo Inst. Tech., Japan)
  Kelley, R. L. (NASA/GSFC, USA)
  Koyama, K. (Kyoto-U., Japan)
  Kunieda, H. (Nagoya-U., Japan)
  Miller, J. M. (U-Michigan, USA)
  Mitsuda, K.(ISAS/JAXA, Japan)
  Parmar, A. N. (ESTEC, Netherlands)
  Petre, R. (NASA/GSFC, USA)
  Takahashi, T. (ISAS/JAXA, Japan)
  Tsunemi, H. (Osaka-U., Japan)
  White, N. E. (NASA/GSFC)