Hyper-accretion April 7-11, 2014

Kavli Institute for the Physics and  Mathematics of the Universe

Images courtesy of Ken Nagamine

Accretion, at rates substantially in excess of

the Eddington limit, is implicated in tidal

disruption events, gamma-ray bursts, some

X-ray binaries and supermassive black hole

formation. Despite this ubiquity, the physical

principles that govern hyper-accretion remain

to be determined. Recent advances in

numerical radiation hydrodynamics, along

with observations of the time-dependence

of hyper-accreting flows following tidal disruptions, offer new opportunities to make progress. The workshop is intended to facilitate interaction between observers and theorists working on hyper-accretion in different astrophysical systems, and to identify new directions for future research.