Cosmology and fundamental physics with current and future ESO facilities 3rd Azores School on Observational Cosmology 5th Azores International Advanced School in Space Sciences 27 August - 02 September 2017, Angra do HeroÝsmo, Azores, Portugal
Rationale The observational evidence for the acceleration of the universe shows that our canonical theories of cosmology and fundamental physics are at least incomplete, and possibly incorrect: new physics is out there, waiting to be discovered. Key cosmological paradigms like dark matter, dark energy, inflation and neutrino masses, all of which require new physics, will leave imprints on a range of astrophysical scales. Thus progress in fundamental physics will increasingly rely on progress in observational astrophysics and cosmology.
In the coming years a range of ground and space facilities will be gathering an unprecedented amount of high-quality data. A pressing task of these facilities is to search for, identify and ultimately characterize this new physics. In order to fully exploit these datasets, one requires the interplay of a broad range of expertise, encompassing theory, phenomenology, high performance computing, data analysis and instrumentation. This school aims to prepare the next generation of astrophysicists for this exciting quest, in the context of current and forthcoming ESO facilities. In addition to a range of lectures and hands-on tutorials, the students will have an opportunity to present their own work and discuss it with world experts in the field. Attendance will be limited to 40 students, who must apply by March 31.