SPACE AND COSMIC RAY PHYSICS SEMINAR

University of Maryland
Atlantic Building, Room 2400
4:30 PM Monday, November 19, 2018
Coffee, Tea & Snacks 4:15-4:30 PM

Eileen Meyer
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
The continuing mystery of multiple spectral components in Jets from Black Holes

One of the first things that astronomers usually determine for any new astrophysical source class is the emission process generating the radiation -- thermal, synchrotron, inverse Compton, Bremsstrahlung, etc. Identifying these processes is critical to using the EM observations to probe the physical environments of very distant objects. Despite the fact that jets from black holes were first understood to exist over 40 years ago, we are still in ignorance about many primary aspects of these systems -- including the radiation mechanism at high energies, the particle makeup of the jets, and how particles are accelerated, possibly to energies as high as 100 TeV and hundreds of kpc from the central engine. I will discuss how this mystery first really got going with the launch of Chandra in 1999, and show how high-resolution observations with observatories like Hubble and ALMA have continued to add pieces to the puzzle -- sometimes seemly solving a problem, and other times opening a new one. I will conclude with some perspectives on how new observatories, like the Chandra successors AXIS and Lynx, can help us solve these long-open questions in jet physics.


Sponsored by: Department of Physics and the Institute for Physical Science and Technology, University of Maryland. For information call Victoria at (301) 405-4811 or go to the UMD Space Physics group seminar web site.

There is free parking after 4:00 PM in lot B (the big parking garage across the street from the ATL building). There are a limited number of spaces in lot Q next to the new ATL wing with free parking after 4PM even when there is a basketball game on campus.