Blaauw lezing

Blaauw lezing

Blaauw lezing

wo, 11 oktober 2017
20:00 uur tot 22:00 uur
Aula Academiegebouw, Broerstraat 5, Groningen

Ieder jaar organiseert het Kapteyn Instituut de Blaauw lezing. Dit is een lezing voor een algemeen publiek die verzorgd wordt door een internationaal bekende astronoom. Het niveau is zodanig dat ook de geïnteresseerde leek het kan volgen. Dit jaar wordt de Blaauw lezing gehouden door prof. Anna Scaife (Universiteit Manchester) op woensdag 11 oktober in de Aula van het Academiegebouw van de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, aanvang 20:00 uur.

Blaauw lezing 2017: Dark Forces in the Invisible Universe

Magnetic fields are one of the most crucial components of the Universe. We know that magnetic fields are present everywhere: large-scale fields intersperse the gas in our own Milky Way, and contribute significantly to the turbulent motion of gas between galaxies; magnetic fields affect the evolution of all astrophysical systems – from the vast cosmic web that binds together intergalactic matter over cosmological distances, down to the smallest scales, where they are essential for the onset of star formation. However, in spite of how important magnetic fields are, we know embarrassingly little about them. Magnetic fields are elusive, we cannot see them directly - only the effect of the forces they exert on other things. I will discuss the effect that cosmic magnetic fields have on matter in the Universe, and how we can use new radio telescopes to probe these dark forces in order to understand magnetic fields better, because without understanding magnetic fields, how can you understand the Universe?

 

Over prof. Anna Scaife

Professor Anna Scaife (MPhys Bristol; PhD Cambridge) is head of the Jodrell Bank Interferometry Centre of Excellence at the University of Manchester. She holds a European Research Council Fellowship, which funds her group's work investigating the origin and evolution of large-scale cosmic magnetic fields. In addition, she runs a number of projects in technical radio astronomy research and development as part of the Square Kilometre Array. In 2014, Anna was honoured by the World Economic Forum as one of thirty scientists under the age of 40 selected for their contributions to advancing the frontiers of science, engineering or technology in areas of high societal impact. 

Prof.dr. Anna Scaife
Prof.dr. Anna Scaife