The 5th Japanese satellite Suzaku (Astro-EII), in collaboration with NASA, was successfully launched on 10-th July, 2005. The excellent performance of the XIS and HXD combined with a dedicated strategy for Suzaku observations will lead us to much outstanding science even after the loss of XRS. Many of the first exciting results should be ready within one year. Accordingly, an international Suzaku conference should be held to exchange the new results and new ideas, to deepen our understanding, and to demonstrate the promise and capabilities of Suzaku to the entire world.
The conference title is "The Extreme Universe in the Suzaku Era", where "the Extreme Universe" will be deeply probed with Thermal and Non-Thermal X-rays observed with XIS and HXD.
This year, 2006 is one millennium after SN1006. Needless to say SN1006 is a symbolic object in which Thermal and Non-Thermal X-rays jointly play key roles on the "Extreme Universe". The famous Japanese poet, Teika Fujiwara wrote a short note of the Supernova event in 1006 on his diary, "Meigetsu-ki" (the bright moon). It is reasonable to have the millennium meeting in Kyoto, the hometown of Teika, with the title of "The Extreme Universe".
Obviously, the topics is not limited to SN1006 but should be part of the general theme: "The Extreme Universe probed with Thermal and Non-Thermal Radiation". These may be carefully studied with Suzaku, but the topics should all be recent high energy results from currently active satellites, Suzaku, Chandra, XMM, Integral, Swift and Others.
Department of Physics & Astronomy, and Yukawa Institute, Kyoto University
Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (JAXA/ISAS)
Center for Diversity and Universality in Physics (Kyoto University)
and Towards a New Basic Science; Depth and Synthesis (Osaka University)
(Grant-in-Aid for 21st Century COE)
New Development in Black Hole Astronomy
(Grant-in-Aid for the Priority Research Area)
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
Society for Promotion of Space Science