WStars – Workshop on Star Formation on Jan 10 – 12, 2020 @ School of Pure and Applied Physics

In association with School of Pure and Applied Physics, M.G. University, Kottayam

Light produced by stars reach us across the vast expanses of the universe.  The structure of the distribution of the luminous matter content of the universe is revealed to us by the stellar content of galaxies.  Stellar light carries information about various facets and phases of the universe.

Quite a few of the unsolved problems connected with the universe, that challenge standard physics / astrophysics, were revealed through stars / are connected with stars.  Both dark matter and dark energy are mysteries first revealed to us by studies involving stars.  The tension between the value of the Hubble constant, as determined from local observations and from observations of the early universe, is another mystery.  The related observations in the local universe involve variable stars, that are a crucial rung in the distance ladder of the universe.  The recent detections of gravitational wave signals from binary compact object mergers involving stellar mass black holes, at rates much higher than what is expected from standard astronomy is another mystery.  Yet another mystery is the observed mismatch between the stellar mass density of the universe and what is expected from the observed star formation history of the universe.  Even something much less complicated as the formation of massive stars is not yet well understood.

In this context the proposed workshop aims to take the young participants through an exciting journey covering observation, data analysis, theory and instrumentation, connected with our explorations of the mysteries of star formation.  The various methods of each avenue of exploration will be introduced and current research in the area will be explored.

Ultra violet radiation, emitted by young massive stars, is a signature of star formation.  The workshop aims to acquaint the younger generation with data analysis techniques for data from the GALEX (GALaxy Evolution EXplorer) mission as well as from UVIT (Ultra Violet Imaging Telescope) aboard the Indian astronomy satellite Astrosat.


Spectral lines:           Stars and the gaseous component of galaxies

Ultraviolet:                Resolved stars and star formation rates in galaxies

Infrared:                     Young embedded stars and instrumentation

Radio:                        Massive stars and their formation – theory and observations

Multiwavelength:     Stars and stellar clusters

Who can apply : Msc Physics students, Young faculty members/Research scholars in Physics

Total Seats : 60

Accommodation : Free dormitory facility will be provided for limited number of out-station participants on a first come-first-served basis

Resource Persons

  1. Dr. Anand Narayanan, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram
  2. Dr. Annapurni Subramaniam, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bengaluru
  3. Dr. Devendra Ojha, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
  4. Dr. Jagadheep D, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram
  5. Dr. Jessy Jose, Indian Institute for Science Education and Research, Tirupati
  6. Dr. Chayan Mandal, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bengaluru

How to Apply: There will be no registration fee.Applications with a very brief CV and a statement to justify the participation in conformity with the objectives may be filed on-line by filling the Online Application Below