Image Credit: NASA, ESA, S. Baum and C. O'Dea (RIT), R. Perley and W. Cotton (NRAO / AUI / NSF), and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI / AURA)
We are excited to announce the opening of the 'Centenary of astrophysical jets' conference, kindly hosted by the SKA at the SKAO HQ, Jodrell Bank Observatory, Manchester, UK.
Since the first description of an observation of an astrophysical jet, by Heber D. Curtis (Curtis 1918; Descriptions of 762 nebulae and clusters, Pub. Lick Observatory 13, 9), countless jets of high-energy particles from compact objects such as neutron-stars and galactic BHs through to the highly collimated relativistic jets in AGNs have been observed and studied across a wide range of physical systems and scales. In addition to energy, momentum and mass transport from a compact source to its close and/or distant environment, jet outflows serve as laboratories for probing the physics of energetic processes, and are implicated in the regulation of large-scale structure in the Universe. Jet studies are among the key drivers of current and future astronomical surveys.
With advancement in multi-messenger astronomy, theory, and state-of-the-art simulations in recent years, our knowledge and understanding of jets have received a significant boost. However, in spite of recent progress from theory, simulations, and observations, there are many open questions about the formation, collimation and acceleration of jets. Very recent evidence of the association between IceCube neutrinos and a blazar, for example, could have important implications for the composition of AGN jets.
This conference will bring together multi-wavelength observers and theorists to review the progress made over the past century in our attempts to understand jets on all scales and to discuss the prospects for future research on jets at a time when major new facilities, such as SKA and JWST, are on the horizon.
Range of topics: