[ASA] Meeting in Sydney August 2015: Save-The-Date Announcement

John O'Byrne john.obyrne at sydney.edu.au
Tue Oct 14 11:40:33 AEDT 2014

Dear ASA

This is a preliminary announcement to let the community know that we are organizing a meeting in
Sydney spanning the 17th - 19th of August 2015 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of science observations
with the Narrabri Stellar Intensity Interferometer. This instrument was arguably the most important
physics/astronomy experiment conducted in Australia. There will likely be several talks reflecting
on this history, although most of the meeting will be forward-looking. The dates are immediately
after the 2015 IAU General Assembly (In Honolulu 3-14 August). The Title & abstract are below, and
we are in process of finalizing other organizational details (more announcements to follow).
Please circulate to colleagues or professional networks you think will find this of interest.

Prof. Peter Tuthill

               Quantum Astronomy and Stellar Imaging:
Celebrating the 50th birthday of the Narrabri Stellar Intensity Interferometer

The profound impact of the Narrabri Stellar Intensity Interferometer is very much alive today: it is
regarded as the foundational experiment from which the field of Quantum Optics germinated, while its
legacy pervades all coherent-light astronomy. This meeting will look to the future and ask the
question, what are the breakthroughs in optical physics which will empower tomorrow's visionary
astronomical instruments?  We have barely begun to explore the myriad possibilities enabled by a
sophisticated approach to coherence in optical astronomy. Areas of opportunity include the full
exploitation of photonic technologies, emergent themes within Quantum Astronomy and the coming
generation of ELTs and optical long-baseline interferometers. This meeting will have a particular
emphasis on coherent-light astronomy and high angular resolution imaging, with the aim to
crystallize community ideas around next generation devices such as the Planet Formation Imager, a
bold new initiative intended to reveal the cradles of birth for exoplanets.

Dates: 17-19 August 2015
Where: Sydney, Australia

Chair: Peter Tuthill
SOC: Julia Bryant, Michael Ireland; Pierre Kern; Sylvestre Lacour, John Monnier; Anna Moore

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