Final meeting : Future of Polarimetry





Rationale :

This was the final meeting of our COST Action MP1104.  The goal of the meeting was twofold : first, to review and evaluate the activities carried out during the 4 years of the Action ; second, to discuss about future of polarimetry, both with ground-based telescopes and in space. 

The STSM session has highlighted some of the most striking results obtained thanks to STSM during the 4 year duration of the Action. Selection was made in order to cover as many varied targets as possible, as well as to cover activities within each WG (observations, theory & modeling, instrumentation, laboratory measurements).  Priority was given to young scientists and we also tried to keep a gender balance whenever possible.

Future of polarimetry in astrophysics was then covered by the two sessions "Polarimetry in space" (also including cubesats) and "Future of ground-based polarimetry". 

A short session on education & outreach concluded the meeting.


Program :


Monday 21

 Highlights in astronomical polarimetry - Prof. Egidio Landi Degl'Innocenti

 Summary and evaluation of the activities carried out during COST Action MP1104 - Dr. Hervé Lamy

STSM session

Modeling of the polarisation of Venus - Mr. Loïc Rossi

Three-dimensional Radiative Transfer Modeling of the Hanle and Zeeman Effects in Chromospheric and Transition Region Lines - Dr. Jiri Stepan

Polarimetry of Jupiter : observations and modelling - Mr. Will McLean

Imaging polarimetry and spectropolarimetry of comets - Dr. Galin Borisov

Polarimetry of asteroids - Prof. Irina Belskaya

Spectropolarimetric study of solar-type magnetic cycles - Mrs. Sudeshna Boro Saikia

Polarimetric observations with the Ringo polarimeter at the Liverpool Telescope - Dr. Agnieszka Slowikowska

Optical polarisation of blazars - Dr. Talvikki Hovatta

Investigating clumpy AGN models with UV/optical polarimetry - Dr. Frédéric Marin

Premier Cru : a dedicated spectropolarimeter to measure polarisation of auroral emission lines - Dr. Mathieu Barthélemy

Polarimetry of the solar corona with the Turin-filter at Lomnicky Observatory - Prof. Silvano Fineschi

Comparative polarization study of light scattering by aerosol particles and particulate surfaces - Dr. Natalya Zubko


Tuesday 22

Session Polarimetry from space

X-ray polarimetry - Prof. Enrico Costa

Arago : stellar UV and visible spectropolarimetry from space - Mr. Martin Pertenais

CLASP : Solar UV Spectropolarimetry - Prof. Javier Trujillo Bueno

SPEX - Dr. Jeroen Rietjens

Planck observations of Galactic polarisation - Dr. François Boulanger

Planck observations of CMB polarisation - Dr. Matthieu Tristram

IMPS: a compact and robust approach to spectropolarimetry? - Dr. William Sparks

Cubesat mini-session

Cubesat and astrophysical polarimetry - Prof. Lachezar Filipov

CuPol: fitting a photoelectric X-ray polarimeter for solar flares in a CubeSAT - Dr. Sergio Fabiani

Three discussion sessions organized in parallel

  1. Session 1 : Solar and stellar magnetism (moderators Prof. Javier Trujillo Bueno and Dr. Arturo Lopez Ariste)
  2. Session 2 : Solar system and exoplanet polarimetry (moderators Dr. Hans Martin Schmid, Dr. Stefano Bagnulo and Dr. Padma Yanamandra-Fisher)
  3. Session 3 : New technologies for future polarimetric instruments and radically new instruments (UV, all-sky, etc.) (Dr. Frans Snik and Prof. William Sparks)

Wednesday 23


Session Future of Ground-based polarimetry

One year of SPHERE/ZIMPOL - Prof. Hans Martin Schmid

Polarimetry with E-ELT - Dr. Frans Snik

Polarimetry with EST & DKIST - Prof. Manuel Collados

RoboPol: optical polarimetry in Crete - Dr. Pablo Reig

Polarimetry of AGN: the present and the future - Dr. Rene Goosmann

Session on education & outreach

iSPEX - Dr. Frans Snik

Book "Universe in polarised light" - Dr. Mathieu Barthélemy



The final meeting of COST Action MP1104 was organized in the Royal Library of Belgium in the Sky Room 1.


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List of participants  :

  1. Olivier Acher, HORIBA Jobin Yvon, FR
  2. Alberto Alvarez-Herrero, INTA, ES
  3. Stefano Bagnulo, Armagh Observatory, UK
  4. Mathieu Barthélemy, IPAG, FR
  5. Irina Belskaya, Kharkiv Karazin National University, UA
  6. Michele Bianda, IRSOL, CH
  7. Tanuy Bonev, Institute of Astronomy and NAO, BG
  8. Daniela Boneva, Space Research and Technology Institute, BG
  9. Galin Borisov, Armagh Observatory, UK
  10. Sudeshna Boro Saikia, Institute of Astrophysics,University of Goettingen, DE
  11. François Boulanger, Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale,Orsay, FR
  12. David Buckley, SAAO/SALT, ZA
  13. Manuel Collados, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, ES
  14. Enrico Costa, IAPS-INAF, IT
  15. Maxime Devogele, University of Liège, BE
  16. Michal Dovciak, Astronomical Institute of the CAS, CZ
  17. Sergio Fabiani, INAF-IAPS, IT
  18. Lachezar Filipov, Space Research and Technology Institute, BG
  19. Silvano Fineschi, INAF-Astrophysical Observatory of Torino, IT
  20. Juris Freimanis,  Ventspils University College, LV
  21. Laszlo Gergely, University of Szeged, HU
  22. Rene Goosmann, Observatoire Astronomique de Strasbourg, FR
  23. Maria Grisevitch, Finnish Geospatial Research Institute, FI
  24. Talvikki Hovatta, Aalto University, FI
  25. Damien Hutsemékers, University of Liège, BE
  26. Dragana Ilic, University of Belgrade, RS
  27. Gizem Kahya, TUBITAK National Observatory, TR
  28. Nadiia Kostrogryz, Kiepenheuer-Institut fuer Sonnenphysik, DE
  29. Hervé Lamy, Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy, BE
  30. Egidio Landi Degl'Innocenti, University of Firenze, IT
  31. Arturo Lopez Ariste, IRAP, FR
  32. Frédéric Marin, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, CZ
  33. Will McLean, Armagh Observatory, UK
  34. Boyko Mihov, Institute of Astronomy and NAO, BG
  35. Julien Morin, LUPM - Univ. Montpellier, FR
  36. Karri Muinonen, University of Helsinki, FI
  37. Martin Pertenais, IRAP, FR
  38. Oguzhan Okuyan, TUBITAK National Observatory, TR
  39. Christian Peest, Ghent University, BE
  40. Luka Popovic, Astronomical Observatory, RS
  41. Jeroen Rietjens, SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research, NL
  42. Pablo Reig, IESL/FORTH, GR
  43. Vera Rosenbush, Main Astronomical Observatory of the NASU, UA
  44. Loïc Rossi, LATMOS/UVSQ, FR
  45. Jan Rybak, Astronomical Institute SAS, SK
  46. Hans Martin Schmid, Institute of Astronomy / ETH Zurich, CH
  47. Aldo Serenelli, Instituto de Ciencias del Espacio, ES
  48. Dominique Sluse, University of Liège, BE
  49. Frans Snik, Leiden University, NL
  50. William Sparks, Space Telescope Science Institute, US
  51. Jiri Stepan, Astronomical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, CZ
  52. Agnieszka Slowikowska, Institute of Astronomy, University of Zielona Góra, PL
  53. Matthieu Tristram, LAL, Université Paris-Sud, CNRS/IN2P3, FR
  54. Javier Trujillo Bueno, Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias, ES
  55. Padma Yanamandra-Fisher, Space Science Institute, US
  56. Nataliya Zubko, Finnish Geospatial Research Institute, FI