Chandra Frontiers in Time-Domain Science

Fall 2020

Virtual (online)

Hosted by the Chandra X-ray Center

Time-sensitive observations of astrophysical phenomena provide strong constraints on physical processes and have been a hallmark of high-energy astrophysics for decades. Such observations are expected to increase with future detections by gravitational wave (LIGO/Virgo) and large scale survey (SDSS, ZTF, VRO) facilities. While high-energy facilities exist for rapid responses, localization, and monitoring of such events, the high sensitivity and high spatial resolution of Chandra pave the way for unique discoveries and breakthroughs. Balancing the demand for time-sensitive observations with mission scheduling capabilities becomes imperative as operations increase in complexity. Chandra is generally well-poised to pursue time-domain science with its peer-reviewed General Observing (GO) and Target of Opportunity (ToO) programs, Director’s Discretionary Time (DDT) programs,and with well-organized scheduling and rapid data processing. How might Chandra enhance these existing observing programs for time-domain science? How should Chandra prepare for the expected increase in time-sensitive observation requests? Reviews of past, present, and future time-sensitive Chandra observations that highlight Chandra’s scientific contributions to time-domain science will help address these questions. Topics covered in this science workshop include a broad range of astrophysical processes including mergers, tidal disruption events, outbursts, and flares from a variety of astrophysical objects from the solar system to distant active galactic nuclei.

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Registration and Contributions

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Science Organizing Committee

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