The mission of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) is to advance our knowledge and understanding of the universe through research and education in astronomy and astrophysics.

One Day Symposium on Laboratory Astrophysics at the CfA

Location: Phillips Auditorium (60 Garden Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts)
Date: Friday, April 26, 2013


A wide variety of laboratory astrophysics is performed at CfA in the various divisions, but there are relatively few chances for those working in the field or those who are simply interested in the results to get together. Therefore, we arranged a one day symposium so we can meet each other, give short presentations about what work is going on, and discuss our common goals and needs.

This is the sequel to the event held in 2010. We hope that there will be another event in ~2 years. Anyone interested in being on the organizing committee for the subsequent event should contact members of the current organizing committee.

Conference Schedule

This symposium was held all day on Friday, April 26, 2013 in Phillips Auditorium at 60 Garden Street. Abstracts are posted here.
9:15-9:40 Coffee
9:40-9:45 Introduction James Babb
9:45-10:15 Comprehensive X-ray Absorption Models for Atomic Oxygen and Neon Tom Gorczyca (Western Mich.)
10:15-10:35 AtomDB: X-ray Diagnostics of Astrophysical Plasmas Randall Smith
10:35-10:55 Modeling Photoionized Plasmas: from Accretion Disks to the ISM Javier Garcia
10:55-11:15 A transition mass for black holes to show broad emission lines Susmita Chakravorty
11:15-11:30 Magnetic Reconnection in Solar, Space, and Laboratory Plasmas Nick Murphy
11:30-11:55 Measurements of Plasma Turbulence in Tokamaks Anne White (MIT)
12:00-1:00 Lunch in Pratt
1:05-1:30 Atomic Data Needs for X-ray Photoionization Modeling Tim Kallman (NASA Goddard)
1:30-1:50 X-Ray Optics for Laboratory Astrophysics Suzanne Romaine
1:50-2:10 A Progress Report on the Including All the Lines Project Bob Kurucz
2:10-2:30 New Edition of HITRAN: Enhancements for Astrophysical Applications Larry Rothman
2:30-2:45 Reference spectroscopic data for hydrogen halides and their isotopologues, and an application to the [D]/[H] ratio of the Venus atmosphere Iouli Gordon (for Gang Li)
2:45-3:05 Coffee Break
3:05-3:20 Database for Modeling Atmospheric Escape Vasili Kharchenko
3:20-3:35 Database for Imaging and Transport with Energetic Neutral Atoms Nick Lewkow
3:35-3:55 A Laboratory Search for the Rotational Spectrum of C3H+ Kyle Crabtree
3:55-4:10 Self-assembly of Carbon Atoms in Interstellar Space and Formation Mechanism of Naphthalene from Small Precursors: A Molecular Dynamics Study (movies: 1 and 2) Niladri Patra
4:10-4:25 A Spectral Line Survey of IK Tau and VY CMa in the 345 GHz Band Ken Young
4:25-5:00 Discussion Adam Foster

CfA Laboratory Astrophysics Email List

To facilitate communication among laboratory astrophysicists at the CfA as well as with researchers interested in the results, we have created the new labastro@cfa email list. To sign up for this list, send an email to with "subscribe labastro" as the sole contents of this email.


There was no registration fee. While the program focused on laboratory astrophysics performed or applied by scientists affiliated with the CfA, an affiliation with the CfA was not required to attend this meeting.

Instructions for Speakers

As you prepare your talk, please keep in mind that the audience will have a broad range of backgrounds, containing both astronomers and laboratory astrophysicists, and plan your presentation accordingly. Your allotted time includes the time for questions. The projector in Phillips Auditorium has VGA and HDMI inputs, so you may use your own laptop for the presentation if you desire. If this is not possible, please contact us and we will make appropriate arrangements.

Directions and Parking Information for Visitors

The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics is located at 60 Garden Street in Cambridge, MA, about a 15 minute walk from either of Harvard and Porter Squares. Further directions are available here. The conference will be in Phillips Auditorium, which is located near the main rear entrance closest to the large parking lots off of Madison Street. In this map, Phillips is closest to the "D" and is on the same floor as the rear entrance. If you come in from the main entrance, you will have to go up two floors.

If you will be driving, a visitor parking permit will be required to park in any of the CfA lots. All-day permits may be purchased online for $14. You may need the department code of "2018" for astronomy. Two hour, four hour, and all-day permits may be purchased in room B-115. (From the main entrance, turn right and go past the stairway. Turn left in the hallway, and B-115 will be on your left.) Visitors with Cambridge parking permits might also be able to find street parking nearby.

Scientific Organizing Committee

Jim Babb (AMP)
Kyle Crabtree (AMP)
Adam Foster (HEA)
Javier Garcia (HEA)
Nick Murphy (HEA/SSP)

The organizing committee can be contacted by sending an email to

The organizers thank Jenine Humber, Rachel Fouche, and Michael Trischitta for helping to make this event happen.


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