Following the latest observational developments, the dynamics, dissipation and particle acceleration in relativistic, strongly magnetized plasmas are coming to the front of astrophysical research. To discuss the recent results, current trends and future directions, we are planning to bring some of the most active and influential researches, working in this field, together at Purdue University, May 9-11 2016. The workshop will mostly focus on the theory and computer simulations, with applications to pulsars and magnetars, pulsar wind nebulae, Active Galactic Nuclei, Gamma-ray Bursts etc. In order to promote new ideas, plenty of time will be reserved for questions, formal and informal discussions. All the oral talks will be only by invitation, but we plan to organize a poster session for contributed presentations.

There will be no registration fee.

We intend to request NSF support towards travel expenses of students from US institutions.

Purdue University


Department of Physics,
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN

List of Speakers and the Program

Workshop Program (PDF) | Presentation Slides (NEW)

Previous Workshop, Purdue May 2014

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Flying to Indianapolis (IND) is strongly recommended. Travel through Chicago (ORD and Midway) is also possible.

From IND: there are two shuttle companies (approximately 1.5hr ride):
Lafayette Limo
Star of America

Shuttle from ORD (approximately 2.5hrs ride):

Greyhound and Amtrak run services from Chicago downtown. Bus terminal and train station are within walking distance to Purdue.

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, 2016. 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