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Time Domain Astrophysics with Swift II

Thank you to everyone who participated in Swift II. 

Announcement I has been released.

WELCOME to a meeting of the Swift community

We bring together scientists working on topics from Time Domain Astronomy, especially those who have who have had Swift GI programs, made use of Swift's ToO capacity and/or have participate in follow-up observations of Swift transients.

The goal of the meeting is to discuss key science topics from Swift's successful past decade, and to focus attention on opportunities for further improvements in its observing program and ToO strategies. A comprehensive analysis of the road ahead is extremely important considering that Swift is in its extended life operating phase and that the upcoming NASA Senior Review will present stiff competition.

Swift science crucially depends on the active role our community plays in the design of a vital scientific program. When Swift was launched in 2004, its prime objective was to chase Gamma-Ray Bursts. However, it was quickly realized that its multi-wavelength and fast scheduling capacity make it the most versatile mission ever flown. It is used for an impressive variety of targets: active galaxies, supernovae, novae, magnetars, tidal disruption events, variable stars, etc. Swift observed nearby solar system objects (comets), monitors the galactic center, and has reached out to explosive transients in the early Universe. The recent detection of a strong UV pulse from a newborn SNIa in IC 831 at D ~94 Mpc provided clear evidence for the single degenerate (SD) scenario of this class of supernovae, an advance in our knowledge that was enabled by Swift's rapid response capabilities and a sophisticated network of ground-based facilities.

In this 2015 meeting, all sessions are dedicated to Time Domain Astronomy as probed by high-energy space missions and ground-based observatories, accompanied with overarching discussions of future direction and emphasis for Swift science. The meeting will be held in Clemson, South Carolina, October 19-21. The general meeting will be 3 days (Monday to Wednesday), followed by a half day of planning for NASA's Senior Review by a limited group of people by invitation only. This meeting seeks to incorporate the community's perspective into a proposal for a fully funded mission. Everyone who has worked with Swift (or plans to do so) should consider this meeting as a forum for promoting frontier issues in their area of research, and is invited to contribute to the proposal. We look forward to seeing you in the college town of Clemson, SC, for a lively scientific program on Time Domain Astronomy and stimulating discussions of the future with Swift as a discovery and ToO engine.