A compact and energetic workshop on the relationship between supernova remnants and young neutron stars, organized by the High Energy Astrophysics Division at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the Center for Space Research at MIT, is being held in Boston, MA, on 14-17 August, 2001.
The past five years have cast the study of young neutron stars and their associated supernova remnants in a new light. Observational investigations in many wavelength bands have refined our catalogs of PSR/SNR associations; the discovery of new anomalous X-ray pulsars and soft gamma-ray repeaters, and their possible connection with SNRs, has revealed a new evolutionary path for young neutron stars; new surveys are continuing to reveal new pulsars and supernova remnants; and the unprecedented capabilities provided by the latest generation of new telescopes promises both answers to outstanding questions in this field as well as new puzzles.
The workshop to be held in August follows on from the very successful meeting on this topic in Elba, Italy (1998), and will act as a prelude to a possible symposium on this topic at the IAU General Assembly in Sydney in 2003. The main goals of the workshop will be to review our current understanding and to discuss research strategies in the era of unprecedented observational capabilities spanning the electromagnetic spectrum. Current problems, both observational and theoretical, will be addressed.
Details on the workshop can be found at http://hea-www.harvard.edu/PSR_SNR. A link also exists from the Chandra web site (http://cxc.harvard.edu.)
The Scientific Organization Committee for the workshop includes: P. Slane (USA, co-chair), B. Gaensler (USA, co-chair), F. Pacini (Italy), W. Becker (Germany), R. Manchester (Australia), J. P. Hughes (USA).
The invited talks for the workshop are all confirmed:
J. Arons (Berkeley) ``Theory of Pulsar Wind Nebulae"
R. Chevalier (Virginia) ``Interactions Between Pulsars, Plerions and SNRs"
D. Helfand (Columbia) ``Soft- and Hard-Shelled Crabs"
J. Hester (Arizona State) ``Crab Nebula and Pulsar"
V. Kaspi (McGill) ``Neutron Star/Supernova Remnant Associations"
S. Kulkarni (Caltech) ``AXPs/SGRs and Associa-tions With SNRs"
A. Melatos (Melbourne) ``Plerions: Structure and Evolution"
G. Pavlov (Penn State) ``Radio Quiet Neutron Stars and Associations With SNRs"
- Pat Slane