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St Andrews Monte Carlo Summer School

Image of MWC 300 calculated with a Monte Carlo radiative transfer code (Niccolini & Alcolea 2006)



A summer school on Monte Carlo radiation transfer techniques will be held in St Andrews from 27th August until 1 September 2017

The number of places is limited with priority given to STFC-funded PhD students and postdocs. Students will be introduced to the basic techniques in Monte Carlo radiation transfer and their applications to scattered light, dust and gas radiative equilibrium, photoionisation, and NLTE molecular line transfer. There will also be lectures on using Monte Carlo radiation transfer in radiation magnetohydrodynamics simulations. Guest lecturers from medical physics will present applications of Monte Carlo techniques for light transport simulations in photo therapies. Several publicly available Monte Carlo codes will be introduced in detail with the goal that by the end of the school the students will have a toolbox of codes that they can use in their own research projects.

The programme will comprise short introductory lectures to each topic, followed by detailed descriptions of individual codes. Lots of time will be set aside for students to become familiar with using the codes and interacting with the lecturers who developed them. There will be special sessions on using MCRT codes to post-process numerical hydrodynamics simulations for modelling and interpreting high spatial resolution continuum and line observations from observatories such as ALMA, VLT/SPHERE, VLTI.

Further information on the schedule, location, lectures, registration, and costs (for PhD students and researchers not funded by STFC) are on the course website:


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