11- 15 July 2016
UWC/CHPC Cape Town, South Africa
It has been just over a year since the nIFTy Clusters meeting in Madrid and we have 4 great papers coming out of the collaboration thus far.
We now have a great complete dataset for Cluster 19 and are in the process of creating similar data for other clusters at various levels of relaxation. In this light we are proposing a further follow up meeting in Cape Town, South Africa to further exploit this data.
We aim to have comparison data available for 6 clusters in order to continue the various projects initiated in Madrid and subsequently in Perth earlier in the year, including:
– Reconstructing the dynamical state and merging history of clusters from present-day observables
– Synthetic observations of galaxy clusters at radio continuum, X-ray wavelengths
– Weighing galaxy clusters via gravitational lensing, galaxy population kinematics, X-rays and joint statistical analyses
– Tidal disruption of galaxies in clusters, the formation of intra-cluster light
– The outskirts of clusters and the detection of missing baryons

The Cluster Comparison Cape Town workshop builds on the nIFTy Cosmology workshop and the Perth Simulated Galaxy Cluster Comparison workshop.
Its goal is to bring together some of the key participants from the Madrid workshop and observational astronomers and students from around South Africa, and to be a workshop in the true sense of the word — the first day will be set aside for talks (data presentation, project updates and ideas), but the emphasis during the remainder of the week will be to work on projects and write papers.

We aim to appeal to local students and researchers by providing an opportunity to be involved in a large and successful collaboration including scientists from around the world and thus give them first hand experience in such projects and build the local simulation community.

All of the simulation data — from both hydrodynamical simulations and semi-analytical models — will be made available as mock observables, and observers, simulators and modellers will be encouraged to work together on joint projects, to put observational data and theoretical/simulation prediction on the same plot.

SOC: Daniel Cunnama(Chair), Chris Power, Alexander Knebe, Frazer Pearce

LOC: Sean February, Catherine Cress