The XII Torino workshop on asymptotic giant branch stars: evolution, nucleosynthesis, observations, and the impact on cosmochemistry and The IV CSFK Astromineralogy workshop

to be held in Budapest from 31th July to 5th August 2016. (Program in pdf)

The workshop is dedicated to the memory of Ernst Zinner (1937-2015), who opened the new field of research of stardust in meteorites. For his research work, Prof Zinner received numerous awards including the prestigious Leonard Medal of the Meteoritical Society (1997). Special sessions during the meeting will be dedicated to highlighting his contributions to Astrophysics and Meteoritics and Planetary Science.

The Torino Workshops series started in Torino in 1995 and 11 workshops have been held so far in different parts of the world. The 12th workshop will be held jointly with the biannual CSFKAstromineralogy Workshop IV, which started in Budapest in 2010. Traditionally, the Torino workshops focus on the physics of asymptotic giant branch (AGB) stars and the production of nuclei therein. Many related topics are discussed in depth: nuclear astrophysics, galactic chemical evolution, stellar winds and dust formation, meteoritic stardust, cosmochemistry, and radioactive isotopes. These themes overlap with those of the Astromineralogy meetings, which traditionally cover topics from dust in forming planetary systems, meteorites, next ESA missions and space telescopes. The workshop will bring together astrophysicists, astronomers, nuclear physicists, and cosmochemists to discuss research topics in an interdisciplinary fashion. We want to identify current key scientific questions and methodologies to tackle them by combining different expertise, for example, combining laboratory analysis of cosmic materials and nuclear physics experiments to track the origin of cosmic dust and of nuclei in the Solar System, and interpreting recent observations of the chemical composition of stars using intermediate neutron-capture processes.

We acknowledge support from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA), the MTAResearch Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences (CSFK), the MTA-CSFK Konkoly Observatory, the JINA Center for the Evolution of the Elements, the INFN Section of Perugia.



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