Workshop on Relativistic Plasma Astrophysics

Purdue University, May 11-15, 2014

Following the latest observational developments, the dynamics, dissipation, and particle acceleration in relativistic, strongly magnetized plasmas are coming to the forefront of astrophysical research. To discuss the recent results, current trends, and future directions, we are planning to bring together some of the most active and influential researchers working in this field to a workshop at Purdue University, May 11-15 2014. The workshop will mostly focus on theory and computer simulations, with applications to pulsars and magnetars, pulsar wind nebulae, Active Galactic Nuclei, Gamma-ray Bursts, etc. In order to promote sharing of new ideas, plenty of time will be reserved for questions, formal and informal discussions. All the oral talks will be by invitation only, but we also plan to organize a poster session for contributed presentations.

There will be no registration fee and, unfortunately, no financial support.

Organizing committee

  • Dimitrios Giannios
  • Sergey Komissarov
  • Maxim Lyutikov
  • Dmitri Uzdensky


Lafayette, IN Purdue University Department of Physics, Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN


List of Speakers and the Program


- Relativistic plasmas in astrophysics:

  • Numerical schemes
  • Jets
  • Neutron stars & PWNe
  • Black Holes

- Relativistic reconnection & particle acceleration

Workshop Program (PDF)

Link to Talks



Flying to Indianapolis (IND) is strongly recommended, though Chicago (ORD and Midway) are also possible.

From IND: there are two shuttle companies (about hour and a half ride):
Lafayette Limo
Star of America

Shuttle from ORD (about two hours and a half ride):

Please advise us if the shuttle schedule is inconvenient for your travel plans, we'll try to coordinate car rentals.


We strongly recommend the Purdue Union Hotel for your lodging. A block of rooms has been reserved, with deadline March 1, 2014. Call (800) 320-6291 to reserve a room; the block is being held under Relativistic Plasma Astrophysics Workshop. Please make your reservation early, as this is a popular place for Purdue visitors.

Other lodging possibilities can be found at

The workshop is sponsored by Purdue University Department of Physics