Tabarz, October 13-17, 2014 - Thank you to all the participants!

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The summer school "Laboratory Astrophysics" was organized within the framework of the DFG Priority Program "Physics of the Interstellar Medium" (ISM-SPP 1573). Its goal was to present the role played by laboratory studies in the identification of the chemical and physical processes that take place in the interstellar medium (ISM). For this purpose, introductory lectures on the interstellar matter presented scientific problems and issues to which laboratory studies can bring solutions. Each introduction was followed by topical lectures on the current research themes in the field of laboratory astrophysics and the techniques that are implemented. The program ended with a seminar on soft skills, that is science communication.

The school was intended for master and PhD students and also postdoctoral researchers from the field of astrophysics or fields related to astrophysics who wished to familiarize themselves with works carried out in laboratories and the needs of astronomers for laboratory data.

Location and Accommodation

The summer school took place at the Am Burgholz hotel in Tabarz, Thuringia.

Hotel Am Burgholz
Am Burgholz 30
99891 Tabarz
Tel: +49-(0)36259-54-0
Fax: +49-(0)36259-54-19100
E-mail: info(at)
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Program and Schedule

The program comprised introductory lectures on the atoms, molecules, and both bare and ice-coated grains that populate the interstellar medium. Topical lectures describec how these interstellar species are investigated with the assistance of laboratory experiments using various spectroscopy, synthesis, and processing techniques.

A poster session gave the participants the opportunity to present their work, regardless of its subject.

Note: the lecture on molecular spectroscopy in the microwave domain had to be moved from Tuesday to Thursday.

18:00- Registration and get-together dinner
Tuesday - Gas phase
08:45-09:00 Welcome speech and school presentation
09:00-10:15 The Interstellar Gas Phase - Roland Gredel (MPI for Astronomy)
10:15-10:45 Coffee break
10:45-12:00 Chemical Reactions in the Gas Phase - pdf - Holger Kreckel (MPI for Nuclear Physics)
12:00-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-15:15 Molecules and UV/vis Photons - From the ISM to the Laboratory - Gaël Rouillé (MPI for Astronomy)
15:15-15:45 Coffee break
15:45-17:00 The Infrared Domain - pdf - Thomas Giesen (University of Kassel)
17:00-18:15 Poster session
18:15-19:45 Dinner break
19:45-21:00 Open discussions
Wednesday - Refractory grains
09:00-10:15 Cosmic Dust - An Observer's Tale - pdf - Hendrik Linz (MPI for Astronomy)
10:15-10:45 Coffee break
10:45-12:00 Synthesis of Cosmic Dust Analogs - Cornelia Jäger (MPI for Astronomy)
12:00-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-15:15 Processing of Grains - Cornelia Jäger (MPI for Astronomy)
15:15-15:45 Coffee break
15:45-17:00 Optical Properties of Interstellar Dust from Cosmic Dust Analogs Studied in the Lab - Harald Mutschke (University of Jena)
17:00-18:15 Dust Agglomeration in Protoplanetary Disks - cancelled due to train strike - Stephan Kothe (University of Brunswick – Institute of Technology)
18:15-19:45 Dinner break
19:45-21:00 Open discussions
Thursday - Ices and volatile grains
09:00-10:15 Ices in Space - Guillermo Muñoz-Caro (Center for Astrobiology, Madrid)
10:15-10:45 Coffee break
10:45-12:00 Formation of Molecules on Cosmic Dust Analogs in Conditions Relevant to the ISM - pdf - Jean-Louis Lemaire (Observatory of Paris & University of Cergy-Pontoise)
12:00-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-15:15 Radiation-Induced Processing at the Interface Ice/Dust Grains - Daniele Fulvio (MPI for Astronomy)
15:15-15:45 Coffee break
15:45-17:00 Cryochemistry in the Inert and Interstellar Media - pdf - Serge A. Krasnokutski (University of Jena)
17:00-18:15 Identification of Molecules with Microwave Spectroscopy - Stephan Schlemmer (University of Cologne)
18:15-19:45 Dinner break
19:45-21:00 Open discussions
Friday - Soft skills seminar
09:00-10:15 Soft skills seminar - pdf - Annelie Wendeberg (Mediomix)
10:15-10:45 Coffee break
10:45-12:00 Soft skills seminar
12:00-13:30 Lunch break
13:30-14:45 Soft skills seminar
14:45-15:15 Coffee break
15:15-16:00 Soft skills seminar
16:00- Departure


Towards Understanding the Astrochemistry of Refractory-Compounds - pdf - Alexander Breier, Thomas Büchling, Christian Endres, Sven Thorwirth, Karl Menten, Jürgen Gauss, and Thomas F. Giesen
Pure Beams of Free Radicals for Studies of Radical-Surface Chemistry - Felicity Gossan
The Thermal Reaction of Acrylonitrile and Oxygen Radicals on Analogues of Interstellar Dust Grains - pdf - Helen J. Kimber and Stephen D. Price
Understanding the Internal Torsion and Bending Motion of Dimethyl Ether via Isotopic Studies - pdf - Pia Kutzer, Björn Waßmuth, Olivier Pirali, Pascale Roy, and Thomas F. Giesen
Laboratory Measurements of the Far-Infrared to Millimeter Dust Opacity of Amorphous Mg/Fe Silicates - Pierre Mohr, Harald Mutschke, Frank Lewen, and Alexey Potapov
Ion-Induced Erosion of Carbon Grains: Implication of CO and CO2 Formation in Molecular Clouds, Protoplanetary Disks, and on Icy Objects - Tolou Sabri, Cornelia Jäger, Giuseppe A. Baratta, Maria Elisabetta Palumbo, Thomas Henning, Giovanni Strazzulla, and Elke Wendler
Developments in Mid-Infrared Supersonic-Jet-Experiments - pdf - Daniel Witsch, Steven Ingunza, Volker Lutter, Alexander Breier, Guido Fuchs, and Thomas F. Giesen

Scientific Organizing Committee

Thomas Henning, MPIA
Cornelia Jäger, MPIA
Harald Mutschke, Uni. Jena
Gaël Rouillé, MPIA

Local Organizing Committee

Cornelia Jäger, MPIA
Harald Mutschke, Uni. Jena
Gaël Rouillé, MPIA

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