Splinter Meeting E:

Astrophysics with non-thermal, cosmic messengers


Annual Meeting of the German Astronomical Society 2015

14 - 18 September 2015, Kiel, Germany

Science objectives:

„Astrophysics with non-thermal, cosmic messengers“ covers a large and booming field of high energy astrophysics. Cosmic rays, gamma rays and neutrinos are observed at energies well above what thermal processes can produce: Cosmic rays have been detected out to 10^20 eV, gamma rays to 100 TeV, and neutrinos to a few PeV. They originate from the most violent environments in the universe, likely the same for all particle types, such as exploding stars, active galactic nuclei, compact objects accreting mass, gamma ray bursts and other transients. Also Dark Matter is expected to produce non-thermal emission.


The non-thermal end of the emission carries useful information to complement data from traditional astronomy  in the radio to X-ray range. The study of astrophysical sources is increasingly combining all available information from different wavelength and particle types, soon perhaps even including gravitational waves.


In this splinter meeting we will review the current status of astroparticle physics and report recent highlight results.


Dates of the splinter meeting:

September 15 2015

Session I: 15:00 - 16:30

Session II: 17:00 - 18:35



Please register through the main registration page of the Annual Assembly of the German Astronomical Society 2015, Kiel, Germany.

To apply for presentation time in this splinter meeting, please send requests to ag15@astrophysik.uni-kiel.de AND to the convenors listed below and use the abstract template provided here.



Johannes Knapp,  DESY Zeuthen

Email:  johannes [dot] knapp [at] desy [dot] de


Daniel Kuempel, RWTH Aachen University

Email: kuempel [at] physik [dot] rwth-aachen [dot] de



Oral presentations:

The oral presentations of this Splinter Meeting can be downloaded at the HAP Sharepoint (access only for HAP members)


15:00 - 15:05 Daniel Kuempel (RWTH Aachen) „Astrophysics with non-thermal, cosmic messengers“

15:05 - 15:30 Martin Pohl (Uni Potsdam) „Source models and propagation of non-thermal particles“

15:30 - 15:45 Rolf Bühler (DESY) „New results of Fermi-LAT“

15:45 - 16:00 Stefan Klepser (DESY) „Exploring the VHE Milky Way with H.E.S.S.“

16:00 - 16:15 Dieter Horns (Uni Hamburg)  „Extragalactic background light and gamma ray propagation“

16:15 - 16:30 Jorge S. Díaz (KIT) „Cosmic messengers as tools for fundamental physics“


    Coffee break (poster session)


17:00 - 17:25 Markus Roth (KIT) „Astronomy with Ultra-High Energy Cosmic Rays“

17:25 - 17:50 Elisa Resconi (TU Munich) „High energy neutrinos from the Cosmos: Recent results from the IceCube Neutrino Telescope“

17:50 - 18:05 Timo Karg (DESY) „IceCube-Gen2: Perspectives and Status“

18:05 - 18:20 Alexander Stasik (DESY) „AMON: transition to real-time observation“

18:20 - 18:35 Julia Tjus (Uni Bochum) „Propagation of Galactic Cosmic Rays using individual supernova remnants as sources“ (cancelled)



Ulrich Kolberg (Uni Bochum) „Spontaneously emitted field fluctuations and the genesis of cosmic magnetic seed fields“ (cancelled)

Steffen Krakau (Uni Bochum) „Spectral hardening of relativistic Galactic cosmic ray protons“ (cancelled)

Christoph Wendel (Uni Würzburg) „Simulation of electromagnetic cascades in magnetospheric vacuum gaps near spinning black holes“



This splinter meeting is organized as an activity of the Helmholtz Alliance for Astroparticle Physics (HAP).



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