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This meeting will be an opportunity to discuss applications and perspectives of thermal models in planetary science. The focus will be on small solar system bodies and Earth-like exoplanets. Other topics will include future line of research, open questions, and new frontiers of thermal modeling of data that will be acquired in the mid and far IR in the next future with e.g. Herschel, Planck, JWST, Wise, Alma, TPF  etc. Exoplanets, km-sized main belt asteroids, jupiter trojans, cometary nucleii and KBOs.
The format will be based on a few invited talks, providing a broad overview of different research lines and approaches.  Space will be left for short contributed speechs and free discussions. Each participant is encouraged to bring a few slides illustrating its own activity in the field of thermal modelling and future perspectives of his own work.


The meeting will take place in Beaulieu, on the world-famous French Riviera (Côte d'Azur).  The nearest town is Nice (~10 min by train, ~20 min by car).  Nice airport is the second-largest airport in France, offering easy connections with the major destinations all over the world. It is served by many regular and low-cost carriers. The meeting will take place in the conference room of the Hotel "La Berlugane", where the conveners can also reserve their rooms (see below) that - given the location - are offered at a particularly low rates. Note that a block reservation of 25 rooms have been done, but best places (sea view!!) will go rapidly!
La Berlugane - How to reach it
14 bv Marchal Leclerc
Beaulieu sur Mer - France
laberlugane @
Tel.: +33(0)4 93 01 04 42 - Fax +33(0)4 93 01 03 01

Wi-fi network available in the hall and conference room.

Beaulieu is a generally expensive site, but we have negotiated 
with the Hotel these favourable conference rates :
  • demi-pension (half board): 1 night, breakfast + lunch 70.00 Euros/person
  • pension complete (full board): 1 night, breakfast +lunch+dinner 91.50 Euros/person
Meals are considered with drinks included.
Additional meals can be added on site (1 day in advance) at 18 Euros each.

Please make your own reservation (e-mail preferred) by indicating in the subject "Thermops meeting, observatoire de la Cote d'Azur".
Specify clearly: arrival dates, number of people, number of nights, meals you want to have on site (at 1 pm and/or 8 pm).

Other practical infos can be found in the
turist office web site.

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La Berlugane

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Marco Delbo (Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, France)
Alan W. Harris (DLR-Berlin, Germany)
Franck Selsis (Observatoire de Bordeaux, France)
Michael Mueller (Steward Observatory, University of Arizona -USA)
Humberto Campins (University of Central Florida, USA)
Tristan Guillot (Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, France)
Paolo Tanga (Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, France)


Paolo Tanga (Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, France)
Mathieu Havel (Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, France)
Kevin Walsh (Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, France)

Preliminary Schedule

(in progress)

The Workshop PROGRAM with list of talks is now available!!


  • Thermal models and observations of:
    • asteroids
    • comets
    • KBOs
    • extrasolar planets
  • Characterizing planetary surfaces
  • Modern instruments for thermal infrared: today, the next generation
  • Future space-based telescopes
  • Modeling techniques: current problems and perspectives

List of participants




click on title to get the abstract


Bidushi BhattacharyaCaltech (USA)Spitzer/TMO: Observation and Thermal Modelling
Miroslav BrozAstronomical Institute, Charles University,
Praha (Czech Republic)
Resonant Yarkovsky effect
Humberto CampinsUniverstity of Central Florida (USA)Near- and Mi-Infrared Spectroscopy of Comet-Asteroid Transition Object 944 Hidalgo:
Evidence for a Cometary Nature
Olivier ChesneauObservatoire de la Cote d'Azur (France)Interferometryto be confirmed
Marco DelboObservatorie de la Cote d'Azur (France)
Josh EmerySETI Institute (USA)Thermal modeling and emissivity mineralogical analysis of the Spitzer IRS asteroid data
Nikolaos GortsasDLR-Berlin (Germany)Thermophysical model of the production rate of C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp)
Simon GreenPlanetary and Space Sciences Research Institute, The Open University (UK)
Olivier GroussinLaboratoire d’Astrophysique, Marseille (France)Thermal mapper for the Marco Polo space mission
Will GrundyLowell Observatory - Flagstaff (USA)
Tristan GuillotObservatoire de la Cote d'Azur (France)
Alan W. HarrisDLR-Berlin (Germany)Spitzer and Hershel Observations of TNOs: Potential and Pitfalls
            - and/or -
A Survey of Karin Cluster Asteroids with the Spitzer Space Telescope
Ellen Howel Arecibo Observatory (Puerto Rico)Thermal Infrared Observations of Several Near-Earth Asteroids
Uwe KellerMax Planck Institute for Solar System Research (Germany)
Michael KelleyUniversity of Central Florida (USA)Spitzer Observations of Comet Surfaces
Erika KaufmannSpace Research Institute Graz (Austria) The Solid-State Greenhouse Effect on icy bodies
Ekkehard Kuehrt DLR-Berlin (Germany)
Javier Licandro Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (Spain)CanariCam: a mid-infrared camera-spectrograph for the GTC
Sebastiano LigoriINAF Osservatorio di Torino (Italy)
Emmanuel LellouchObservatoire de Paris Meudon (France)
Ikoma MasahiroTokyo Institute of TechnologyAccretion of Exoplanet Atmospheres
Patrick MichelObservatoire de la Cote d'Azur (France)
Arielle MoulletObservatoire de Paris Meudon (France)ALMA and the TNOsto be confirmed
Michael (Migo) MuellerSteward Observatory, University of Arizona (USA)Thermal inertia of small bodies from thermal observations during eclipses
- and/or -
YORP in the presence of surface roughness
Thomas Muller MPE/MPG, Garching (Germany)Asteroids as FIR/Submm/MM Calibrators
Richard O'ConnellHarvard University (USA)Thermal modelling of super-Earths and layered planets
Ben RozitisThe Open University (UK)Thermal models for asteroids sample return missions
Sandeep SahijpalDepartment of Physics, Panjab Univeristy Chandigarh (India)Thermal models of planetary differentiation of accreting planetesimals/asteroids with 26Al and 60Fe as the heat sources
Franck SelsisObservatoire de Bordeaux (France)Characterisation of exoplanets from their thermal emission
John StansberrySteward Observatory, University of Arizona (USA)Transneptunian Objects
Mark Sykes Planeatry Science Institute (PSI) (USA)
Paolo Tanga Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur (France)
Giovanna TinettiUniversity College London (UK)Extrasolar planets in the thermal infraredto be confirmed
Diana ValenciaHarvard University (USA)
Kevin WalshObservatoire de la Cote d'Azur (France)Cool binary asteroids
Stephen WoltersPlanetary and Space Sciences Research Institute, The Open University (UK)The Night Emission Simulated Thermal Model for Near-Earth Asteroids
Ned WrightUCLA Physics & Astronomy, Los Angeles CA (USA)WISE and the Yarkovsky effect in the Baptistina family of asteroids


Two steps:
1 - Simply send a message to Marco.Delbo @, specifying your will to participate. If you wish, please suggest a possible contribution (~15 min) or a review (30-40 min).  
2 - Each participant is expected to make his own reservation by getting in touch with the Hotel above (english written and spoken).
We will periodically update participant list, schedule, and check hotel reservations.

M. Delbo', P. Tanga - 2008