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IFAS6 - Indo-French Astronomy School - Spectroscopy: Treasures in the voxels

9th July 2020   -   17th July 2020
Lyon, France


The IFAS6 school will bring together students from different horizons, expose them to high-level specialized lectures, and propose them to carry-on a eigh-days research project. The topic of the present school is spectroscopy, from the observational and data-reduction techniques, through the source detection and extraction in integral-field spectroscopy using inverse methods data fusion approaches, to data analysis. The school is open to students at Master and Doctoral level, without geographic restrictions. IFAS6 is the sixth edition of a series co-organized by Lyon (LIO, CRAL CNRS UMR5574, UCBL1) and IUCAA in Pune. The first, third and fifth editions were held in 2015, 2017, and 2019 in Pune on observational astronomy, and the other in Lyon. In 2016 on modeling and simulations in astrophysics, and in 2018 on 3D spectroscopy. These schools hosted participants from eleven different nationalities. The Centre de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon (CRAL) has been a pioneer or 3D, or Intergral field spectroscopy, and recently assembled the MUSE spectrograph now in operation at the ESO-s VLT. This is one of the largest and most advanced IFU spectrograph, and it opened the era of spectroscopic blind surveys, where, rather than targeting pre-selected sources, entire new classes of objects can be discovered out of deep fields. IFAS6 will give introduction and practical experience on the cutting-edge spectroscopic methods. IUCAA is coordinating major efforts to develop theoretical and observational astronomy in India, including spatial astronomy, international projects, like the TMT, and gravitational waves, LIGO-India. Lectures will be given during the morning sessions, and research projects will be proposed to the participants, in small groups supported by a tutor. The school will be concluded by a presentation of the results of these projects.