The first ISO workshop on analytical spectroscopy with SWS, LWS, PHT-S and CAM-CVF

(Oct 6-8, 1997, Madrid, Spain)



The success of the ISO spectrometers in their first six months of operation was measured by new, important contributions to every branch of infrared astronomy, reported in the ISO First Results special issue of Astronomy & Astrophysics. Now, in the second year of ISO operations, the changes brought to the character of infrared astronomy call for interaction on contemporary spectroscopic methods of analysis and interpretation. A platform for discussing the latest advances in observational and theoretical spectroscopic methods applicable to ISO data will also provide the Project and Observing Time allocation Committee with an overview of how well the spectrometers have been exploited, and where gaps in the scientific programme may exist, in the light of the latest analyses.

The scientific programme of the workshop will be a forum for highlighting theoretical and empirical methods impacting the detailed analyses and interpretation of ISO spectra, and assessing the data quality and calibrations. Without specific orientation of programme topics towards object class, a broad range of observational and theoretical branches relevant to ISO will be covered through interaction on the availability and application of analytical tools, reference data, laboratory studies, and spectral identifications. Topics may include, but are not limited to: planetary models; hot and cool stellar atmosphere and wind models, and grids of models; photoionization, spectral synthesis, cluster evolution codes; circumstellar and interstellar dust features; dust in planetary environments; the diffuse ISM; laboratory studies and line lists; and data reduction techniques for optimizing scientific output from standard data products. It is intended to only have a short review of ices and unidentified IR features as they are the subject of a future meeting at Les Houches.

The scientific emphasis is on *NEW* and *UNPUBLISHED* results, aimed at opening up the progress in both Guaranteed and Open Time programmes, and on interfacing with theoretical studies. The environment will be one of a workshop, not a symposium, so that results need not be final.

We expect to make proceedings of the workshop available at the latest 2-3 months after the meeting.


It is intended to have six key talks per day (30 min) with another ten short talks (20 min). Ample time will be left free for questions/discussion. Poster presentations can be made on request.

About two thirds of the time will be devoted to discussion of results, analytical tools, reference data, laboratory studies, and spectral identifications, with the last third spent on data quality and calibrations.

See also the Program page for the latest update of the preliminary program and the abstracts page for the abstracts received so far.

The current list of participants can be found here.

Please follow our General guidelines for the preparation of 'camera-ready' papers.


The DEADLINE for submission of abstracts is * 5 SEPTEMBER *. If you have not already sent an abstract, please use the LaTeX template and style files provided on our workshop Web page (below). Please notify us if you have difficulty downloading these files. An abstract is especially important if you requested to give an oral presentation, as the number of requests is large! A preliminary agenda will be made available in the week of 8 September.

Time & location

Duration is 3 days, 6 - 8 October 1997 (Monday - Wednesday).

The workshop will be held at the ISO operations centre, the Vilspa satellite tracking station in Villafranca del Castillo, Spain. The station is about 30 km from the centre of Madrid. Early October is typically warm and dry in central Spain.

Accomodation & Transportation

Group reservations will be made at one or more hotels in Madrid. Bus transportation will then be provided to and from Vilspa for the workshop. Participants wishing to book into El Escorial hotels should contact the organisers who will put them in direct contact with the hotels.


If you require accommodation but you did not specify it in the registration form, please contact us as soon as possible in order that we can make the necessary arrangements.

The hotel is the Hotel Florida Norte,

	Paseo de la Florida, 5 
	28008 Madrid 
	Tel: 34-1-542.83.00 
	Fax: 34-1-547.78.33

This is rated as a four star hotel, with air conditioning, direct phone, safe, radio and television, cafeteria, restaurant, garage, men's and women's hairdresser, and gift shops. Shopping and many cervecerias are in the neighborhood. The Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor are a 15-20 minute walk. Transportation will be provided to and from Vilspa for the workshop.

The room prices (double room, single occupancy) is 9.900 pesetas per night, breakfast and VAT included. No advance deposit or credit card number is required.


M.F. Kessler (ISO Project Scientist)
B. Altieri (CAM)
C. Gry, T. Lim, N.R. Trams (LWS)
U. Klaas (PHT)
A.M. Heras, K. Leech, P. Morris (SWS)

P. Clegg (LWS PI), Th. de Graauw (SWS PI), M. Barlow (University College London)

Latex Abstract files

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