The Golden Age of Cataclysmic Variables and Related Objects - III

(Palermo, Italy 7 - 12 September)


- Tentative Final Program available in "Program" section of the web page.

- Check the menu "how to reach the hotel" to get information about it.




Notice to the participants

Under the pressure of several participants (mostly young colleagues) on SOC,

we have decided to publish the proceedings of the Palermo Workshop 2015

in electronic form with the Proceedings of Science (PoS-SISSA).

The papers will be published in PoS-SISSA after a referee’s process,

and they will be freely available at once in the NASA-ADS.
In contrast with the old announcement in which we established to avoid

the publication of the proceedings, with the present announcement we

hope to satisfy most of participants.


In 2011 we organized the first workshop about

"The Golden Age of Cataclysmic Variables and Related Objects"

because we were under the impression that the time for a comprehensive view had



    We were right and surprised, mainly by the ongoing vigorous research and

future coming prospects. Thus we reached the conclusion that the state of

the field, namely high activity and many observational results, calls for

organizing follow-up workshops in a series of


"The Golden Age of Cataclysmic Variables and Related Objects".


This is the third edition of such series.


    One of the main field drivers were the results from the INTEGRAL

experiment: detections of hard X-ray emission from a large sample of CVs,

mainly intermediate polars.


    Undoubtedly, non-magnetic CVs, intermediate polars and polars constitute

the most powerful probe to test our theories of the various modes of accretion.


    The long term evolution of CV systems accreting at a prohibitive rate has

become a hot topic both in terms of the fate of such systems (all sorts of

supernovae) and the microphysics of Eddington and super Eddington mass accretion

and mass loss flows.


    In particular we stress one of the hottest topics in present day astrophysics,

namely the progenitorof SN-Ia.


    This problem is connected with fundamental issues in cosmology. Novae and

recurrent novae are the most promising progenitor candidates but so far could

not be nailed down.


    Our goal is to discuss what is missing in our knowledge of CVs that will allow

a unique determination and observational confirmation.


     Indeed the sub-class of CVs, named Classical Novae, which are the third

most powerful stellar explosions in a galaxy, have been observed as close

as a kpc and as far as galaxies in the Fornax cluster. The time to report on the

recent renaissance in CNe studies thanks to observations with 8-10m

class telescopes, high resolution spectroscopy, in synergy with observations from

space carried out with Swift, XMM, Chandra, HST, and Spitzer, coupled with

recent advances in the theory of the outburst, seems now in order.


The purpose of this workshop is to bring together about

*80 invited researchers* from world wide to discuss the experimental

updated panorama and theories of CVs and Related Objects.

The following topics will be discussed:

a) Opening Remarks (the Importance of Multifrequency Observations)

b) Cataclysmic Variables (non-magnetic, intermediate polars, polars)

* Fundamental parameters

* Accretion physics

* Outburst physics

* Magnetic phenomena

* Interconnection among classes

* Long term secular evolution

* The fate of CVs

c) Classical and Recurrent Novae

d) Nova-like Stars

e) Symbiotic stars

f) The Astrophysics of CVs and related Objects with the Ongoing and

Future Space-Based and Ground-Based Experiments.



The participation in the workshop is by invitation only. 

All participants are kindly invited to attend the whole workshop.


The workshop will include several 30-min talks to introduce the current problems,

and typically 20-min talks giving new experimental and theoretical results.

A series of 15-min talks will be devoted to ongoing and next generation experiments.

However, to keep alive the workshop it was decided that all presentations

should be compulsorily given to the LOC, so that they can be inserted

into the web page of the workshop.




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