Workshop on progress in theoretical and observational cosmology

Nov. 7-11, 2011,
Institute of High Energy Physics (IHEP)
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Beijing, P.R. China

Purpose and topics:
Review on the recent progress in theoretical and observational cosmology, focusing on issues of dark matter, dark energy,
modified gravity and non-Gaussinities. The main topics include the science of KDUST (Kunlun Dark UniverSe Telescope,, the planned large-scale structure survey located at Dome A, Antarctica, and the possible international collaboration on the science using the IR detector and with DES (Dark Energy Survey,
The talks will be scheduled in the first 3 days of the meeting, followed by informal discussions.


Lifan Wang (Texas A-M/Purple Mountain Observ)
Charling Tao(CPPM, IN2P3/CNRS and Tsinghua U.)
Gong-Bo Zhao(Portsmouth U.)
Hong Li (IHEP)
Xiangdong Ji (Maryland U./Shanghai JiaoTong U.)
Xinmin Zhang (IHEP)

Workshop scientific secretary:
Lei Dang
Theoretical Physics Center for Science Facilities,
Institute of High Energy Physics, CAS.
Beijing 100049, CHINA
Tel: +86-(0)10-88200974


VENUE: Library Building (Room: 319), IHEP


(Conference reception: 6:30PM of Nov. 6th, IHEP cafeteria )

Monday Nov 7th

Chair: Lifan Wang

09:00 – 09:10

He-Sheng Chen (IHEP)

Welcome address

09:10 – 09:45

Jason Dennis Rhodes

WFIRST and Euclid

09:45 – 10:20


Chair: Xiangdong Ji ( U of Maryland / Shanghai Jiaotong U)

10:20 – 10:55

Jeremy Mould
( Swinburne U )
Reconnoitering the Dark Ages, the next generation deep 2 micron survey

10:55 – 11:30

Li Fan Wang
( Texas A-M/Purple Mountain Observ)

Optical/Infrared Astronomy of AST3

11:30 – 12:00

Liang Gao
(NAO, Beijing )

High Redshift Supernova

12:00 – 14:00


Chair: Bing-Lin Young (Iowa State U)

14:00 – 14:35

Charling Tao
(CPPM, IN2P3/CNRS and Tsinghua U)

Summary of the Dome C Antarctica Astrophysics meeting

14:35 – 15:10

Andre Tilquin

Dark Universe or twisted Universe?

15:10 – 15:40


Chair: Zuhui Fan ( Beijing U)

15:40 – 16:15

(Beijing Normal U )

Two-year Photometry from Dome A, Antarctic

16:15 – 16:50

Jennifer Marshall
(Texas A&M)

Astronomical Instrumentation at Texas A&M

16:50 – 17:25

Zhao-Hui Shang
( Tianjin Normal U)

Test and Operation of AST

Tuesday Nov 8th

Chair: Ji Yang ( Purple Mountain )

09:00 – 09:35

Eric Linder
(UC Berkeley)

Lensing Time Delays and Survey Complementarity ( skype talk)

09:35 – 10:00

Shude Mao
(NAO, Beijing)

moderate galaxy-galaxy lensing and dark matter haloes

10:10 – 10:35

Stephen Appleby
( Institute for the Early Universe , Korea )

(Future) weak lensing constraints on chameleon modified gravity models

10:35 – 11:10


Chair: Shude Mao (NAO, Beijing )

11:10 – 11:45

Ji Yang
( Purple Mountain )

THz Astronomy at Dome A

11:45 – 12:20

Zhang Jun
(UT Austin)

Systematic Errors in Weak Lensing Measurements

12:20 – 14:30


Chair: Yongtian Zhu

14:30 – 15:05

Jean-Paul Kneib

Using emission line galaxies to probe the large scale structures in the distant Universe

15:05 – 15:40

Huanyuan Shan
( Tsinghua U)

Weak lensing measurement of galaxy clusters in the CFHTLS Wide Survey

15:40 – 16:10


Chair: Lifan Wang/Charling Tao

16:10 – 16:45

Xiangyan Yuan

AST3 / KDUST telescopes

16:45 – 17:20

Michael Burton

A retrospective view of the science drivers for the PILOT telescope

17:20 – 17:40

All participants

Discussions on the science using the IR detector

18: 00

BANQUET Quan JuDe ( 全聚德 )

Wednesday Nov 9th

Chair: Jarah Evslin (IHEP)

09:00 – 09:35

Levon Pogosian
( Simon Fraser U )

Model-independent tests of dark energy and modified gravity: how good can they get?

09:35 – 10:10

Ashley Ross
( Portsmouth U)

Challenges in Measuring Large-Scale Structure using Photometric Redshifts

10:10 – 10:45


Chair: Hu Zhan (NAO)

10:45 – 11:20

Gongbo Zhao
( Portsmouth U)

Understanding the nature of accelerating universe

11:20 – 12:00

All participants

Discussions on the possible collaboration with DES, Euclid, LSST…

12:00– 14:00


Chair: Hong Li (IHEP)

14:00 – 14:35

Elena Pian

Observations of Gamma-Ray Bursts afterglows and their Environments

14:35 – 15:10

Paolo Mazzali


15:10 – 15:40



15:40 – 16:15

Christopher Brian D'Andrea

The Dark Energy Survey - Supernova Survey

16:15 – 16:50

Jarah Evslin

OPERA and a Neutrino dark energy model

16:50 – 17:25

Bob Nichol
( Portsmouth U )

DES ( Skype talk )

17:25 – 17:40

Lifan Wang/Xiangdong Ji/Charling Tao/Xinmin Zhang

Conference Summary



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