Dynamics of the Sun & Stars: Honoring the Life & Work of Michael Thompson

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 to Thursday, September 26, 2019

24 September – 26 September, 2019 Celebrating his seminal work on solar and stellar physics

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This meeting celebrates Michael Thompson's seminal work on solar and stellar physics, as well as his major contributions to the development of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and marks his untimely death in October 2018. Michael played a key role in the development of helioseismology and its application to the study of the structure and dynamics of the solar interior, and he provided a strong foundation for the extension of seismic studies for other stars. After focussing for several years on more administrative activities, he was returning to leading the seismic studies of solar interior rotation and he was deeply involved in the understanding of the dynamics of the core of stars, when his life was tragically lost.

The conference will focus on dynamical aspects of the sun and stars, based on the large amount data available on solar and stellar oscillations, and the extensive and detailed modelling now becoming feasible. By combining observations, seismic analysis, and modelling we hope that this will be a fitting memorial for a close colleague and friend, much missed.


Jørgen Christensen-Dalsgaard, Chair, Aarhus University 

Sarbani Basu, Yale University

Rafael A. Garcia, Astrophysics Division, CEA, Saclay

Douglas Gough, University of Cambridge

Frank Hill, NSO

Rachel Howe, University of Birmingham

Rekha Jain, University of Sheffield

Scott McIntosh, NCAR

Mario Monteiro, University of Porto

Jesper Schou, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research

Takashi Sekii, NAOJ

Juri Toomre, University of Colorado 


Steve Tomczyk, NCAR, Chair

Sheryl Shapiro, NCAR

Invited Speakers

Sarbani Basu, Yale University

Earl Bellinger, Stellar Astrophysics Centre, Aarhus University

Othman Benomar, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan 

Aaron Birch, Aaron Birch, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research  

Sacha Brun, CEA, Saclay 

William Chaplin, University of Birmingham 

Margarida Cunha, Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences, Porto

Yvonne Elsworth, University of Birmingham 

Jim Fuller, Caltech 

Pascale Garaud, UC Santa Cruz 

Shravan Hanasoge, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai 

Rachel Howe, University of Birmingham 

Dan Huber, Institute for Astronomy (IfA), University of Hawaii

Steve Kawaler, Iowa State University, Ames

Scott McIntosh, NCAR/HAO 

Mark Rast, University of Colorado 

Markus Roth, Leibniz-Institut für Sonnenphysik (KIS), Freiburg

Angela Santos, Space Science Institute, Boulder