Sydney Magnetic Field Workshop 2012

Sydney Magnetic Fields Workshop 2012

ATNF Headquarters, Sydney, Australia
May 7th 2012

Meeting Format
Remote attendance


In the lead up to POSSUM on ASKAP we invite you to join us for a one-day workshop on magnetic fields to be held at the ATNF headquarters, Sydney, on Monday the 7th of May.
Later in the week we will also be hosting a two-day POSSUM workshop for members of the POSSUM team.

Meeting Format

The meeting will be based around short oral contributions with ample time for questions and discussion. Presentations are invited on four broad themes:

  • Turbulence and small scale structure
  • The Galactic Magnetic Field
  • Clusters and AGN
  • Universe

Talks should be approximately 15 minutes long plus five minutes for questions. We will accommodate powerpoint on both Mac and Windows computers, although presenters are encouraged to have a PDF-format copy as a backup.

Participants may choose to present a talk via a video-conferencing link. If you plan to do this please provide a PDF-format version of your talk and contact the organisers well in advance to arrange the technical details.


Takuya Akahori KASI
Craig Anderson The University of Sydney
Mike Bell Max-Planck Institute for Astrophysics
Frank Briggs Australian National University
Blakesley Burkhart University of Wisconsin, Madison
Michael Burton The University of New South Wales
Ettore Carretti CSIRO Astronomy & Space Science
James Caswell CSIRO Astronomy & Space Science
Maria Cunningham The University of New South Wales
Bryan Gaensler The University of Sydney
Niloofar Gheissari The University of Sydney
James Green CSIRO Astronomy & Space Science
Naomi McClure-Griffiths CSIRO Astronomy & Space Science
Tess Jaffe Universite de Toulouse
Paul Jones The University of New South Wales
Jane Kaczmarek The University of Sydney
Roland Kothes NRCC Penticton
Emil Lenc The University of Sydney
Nadia Lo The University of Chile
Ray Norris CSIRO Astronomy & Space Science
Shane O'Sullivan CSIRO Astronomy & Space Science
Daniel Price Monash University
Cormac Purcell The University of Sydney
Larry Rudnick University of Minnesota
Nick Seymour CSIRO Astronomy & Space Science
Jeroen Stil The University of Calgary
Xiaohui Sun The University of Sydney
Russ Taylor The University of Calgary
Sarah Keith Macquarie University
Gregory Tsarevsky Russian Academy of Science
Tony Willis National Research Council of Canada

The final program (pdf)

Session 1: Turbulence & small-scale structure (Chair: Craig Anderson)

09:00 – 09:10 Welcome Bryan Gaensler
09:10 – 09:30 Snakes in the Plane Bryan Gaensler
09:30 – 09:50 Properties of Interstellar Turbulence Blakesley Burkhart (Remote)
09:50 – 10:10 The Gum Nebula Cormac Purcell
10:10 – 10:30 Magnetic Fields in Giant Planet Formation Sarah Keith
10:30 – 10:50 S-PASS: a view of the polarized sky Ettore Carretti (Remote)
10:50 – 11:10 Morning Tea

Session 2: The Galactic Magnetic Field (Chair: Jane Kaczmarek)

11:10 – 11:30 Simulations of Supernova Remnants and Pulasr Wind Nebulae Roland Kothes
11:30 – 11:50 Radio constraints on the Galactic Magnetic Field Xiaohui Sun
11:50 – 12:10 The Galactic Magnetic Field From Maser Measurements Jimi Green
12:10 – 12:30 Rotation Measures probes of the Galactic Magnetic Field Jeroen Stil and Russ Taylor
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

Session 3: Clusters and AGN (Chair: Niloofar Gheissari)

14:00 – 14:20 Searching for Faraday Complexity in the ATCA Beta Test Fields: An Overview & Preliminary Results Craig Anderson
14:20 – 14:40 Faraday Depth Structure of Candidate Polarisation Calibrators Shane O' Sullivan
14:40 – 15:00 Over-densities around radio-loud AGN with extreme RMs Nicholas Seymour
15:00 – 15:20 Magnetic fields in the Universe: from galaxies to stars Daniel Price (Remote)
15:20 – 15:40 Afternoon Tea

Session 4: The Universe (Chair: Bryan Gaensler)

15:40 – 16:00 Polarised Source Counts Jeroen Stil
16:00 – 16:20 Polarisation of Faint Sources with the EVLA Larry Rudnick
16:20 – 16:40 RMs due to the IGMF and GMF Takuya Akahori
16:40 – 17:00 Faraday Synthesis Mike Bell (Remote)
17:00 – 17:20 Connecting synchrotron, cosmic rays and magnetic fields in the plane of the Galaxy Tess Jaffe (Remote)
17:20 – 17:30 Discussion and wrap-up Bryan Gaensler


The venu for the meeting is the CSIRO Australia Telescope National Facility headquarters in Marsfield, Sydney. The workshop will take place in Lecture Theater. Tea, coffee and lunch will be provided.
Information on how to get to the Marsfield Site is available from this website.

For those who live in Travellodge, you can either walk (footpath map) or take bus. You will find it extremely helpful to use 131500 Transport Infoline to find your bus. The two stops you want are Travelodge Hotel Macquarie North Ryde, Macquarie Park close to the lodge and Vimiera Rd Nr Marsfield Park near ATNF.

Remote attendance

  • Audio only phone-in:
    • Telephone: +61 2 62766622 and enter the meeting ID 4817 when prompted.
  • To join by video either:
    • via IP dial, or via ISDN dial +61 2 62112624
    • enter the conference ID of 61262112624 followed by #


The Marsfield Lodge is on the ATNF site and has six single and two twin bedrooms. Some of these have been reserved for conference attendees and are recommended for students or those on a strict budget. Note: As of April 5th there are only two rooms left at the lodge. The preferred accommodation of the ATNF is the North Ryde Travellodge, which is 20 minutes walk from the meeting venue (see the Google map here). A block reservation of 10 rooms has been made, so when booking a room please advise the Travellodge staff that you attending a meeting at the ATNF - quote 'CSIRO MAY'. The rates on offer are as follows:
$147.00 per room per night
$162.00 per room per night including breakfast for 1
$177.00 per room per night including breakfast for 2

Note: The rooms must be booked by April 23rd to get the special rate.

Parking costs $7.50 per car per night.

Internet is: $9.95 per hour
$19.95 for 24 hours
$49.95 for 3 days
$99.00 for 7 days

A guide to other accommodation near the ATNF headquarters is listed here.
For your information, there is a web-page giving information on visiting the University of Sydney here.


To register for the workshop please copy the text below, fill in the required information and email to Jo Daniels ( and Cormac Purcell (

The registration deadline is Monday April 23rd.

Given name:
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