Swift: 10 Years of Discovery
This meeting will celebrate 10 years of Swift successes and will provide the opportunity to review recent advances on our knowledge of the high-energy transient Universe both from the observational and theoretical sides.
When Swift was launched on November 20, 2004, its prime objective was to chase Gamma-Ray Bursts and deepen our knowledge of these cosmic explosions. And so it did, unveiling the secrets of long and short GRBs. However, its multi-wavelength instrumentation and fast scheduling capabilities made it the most versatile mission ever flown. Besides GRBs, Swift has observed, and contributed to our understanding of, an impressive variety of targets including AGNs, supernovae, pulsars, microquasars, novae, variable stars, comets, and much more. Swift is continuously discovering rare and surprising events distributed over a wide range of redshifts, out to the most distant transient objects in the Universe. Such a trove of discoveries will be addressed in the upcoming Swift meeting with sessions dedicated to each class of events. The future prospects of time domain astrophysics, which could be addressed in the extended Swift mission, will be also reviewed. Besides the classical Swift areas in time domain Astrophysics, contributions are solicited also in the following areas: new approaches on data analysis and theory as well as new ideas for non-conventional uses of the spacecraft.