Modeling Dense Stellar Systems-MODEST-9 Workshop

SOC: S.McMillan (Chair), J.Fregeau, E.Vesperini

MODEST-9 will start Friday January 16 afternoon and will continue all day Saturday January 17.

With MODEST-9, we are going back to the original format of MODEST workshops with a very small number of formal talks and a lot of time left for informal discussions and contributions.

No formal registration and no registration fee are required but please send an e-mail to if you are planning to attend and let us know if you plan to attend only the Friday session or both Friday and Saturday sessions.

Preliminary program:

Friday, Jan 16

S. McMillan
Overview of MODEST and MUSE

open discussion
D. Heggie
Key Questions and Conference Highlights:Theory

coffee break
G. Piotto
Key Questions and Conference Highlights:Observations

open discussion
S. Portegies Zwart
High-performance N-body simulations

open discussion

Saturday, Jan 17

Plenary discussion describing the goals of each of the panel discussion groups: 9am-9:30am
Parallel discussion sessions: 9:30am-12:30pm
  1. Multiple Stellar Populations in Globular Clusters (Organized by Giampaolo Piotto and Enrico Vesperini)
  2. MUSE Multiscale Multiphysics Scientific Environment (Organized by Simon Portegies Zwart)
  3. What can resolve the disagreement between theory and observation in cluster structural properties? Tiny initial binary fractions, intermediate mass black holes, dynamical immaturity, stellar collisions, discrepant definitions of the core radius? (Organized by John Fregeau)
Lunch. Unfortunately no lunch will be provided. The best available options are the Beachside Cafe (down the hill to Goleta beach), the UCen on the UCSB campus, and various restaurants in Isla Vista.: 12:30pm-2pm
Plenary discussion summarizing the results of the discussion groups: 2pm-3pm