Imaging of Stellar Surfaces

Imaging of Stellar Surfaces

ESO Garching, March 5-9, 2018


A report on the ESO Workshop "Imaging of Stellar Surfaces" is now available in the ESO Messenger, 172, 35 (2018).


There have been tremendous recent advances in observational techniques enabling resolution of the surfaces of stars other than the Sun. Current and planned VLTI instruments, SPHERE on the VLT and ALMA, as well as other interferometric facilities, have recently succeeded in resolving stellar surfaces. The workshop aims to bring together observers from different techniques and wavelengths, and theoreticians working on stellar atmospheres and stellar structure.


Presentations will include recent individual results on stellar surface mapping and the corresponding modelling. Observational strategies to advance the field will be discussed. In addition, a dedicated session devoted to the prospect of resolving stellar surfaces of stars other than the Sun with future facilities such as the ELT or JWST, or with an intensity interferometry and CTA, is planned. The aim is a focused workshop with ample time for discussions on recent images of stellar surfaces and atmospheres (out to a few stellar radii), the observational strategies, and the relevant physical processes.


The number of participants will be limited to 70.