RadioNet3 has been invited to take part to the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science 2013 conference that will be held in the Logomo Centre, Turku, Finland, from 8 to 13 July 2013 - http://www.astro.utu.fi/EWASS2013/.
RadioNet3 accepted the invitation of Prof. Mary Kontizas, Vice-President of the European Astronomical Society, and will organise a Special Session - Sp2 -The role of modern radio observatories in black hole and jet studies on Monday July 08, 2013.
The contributions can be submitted till April 30, 2013, submission should be done via the web page: RadioNet Sp2
CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS
RadioNet organizes a Special Session (Sp2) during the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science 2013 ( http://www.astro.utu.fi/EWASS2013/ ) conference, which will be held in Logomo Centre in Turku, Finland, 8 - 13 July 2013.
The RadioNet Special Session entitled
"The role of modern radio observatories in black hole and jet studies" will last 3 x 1.5 hours in one day. Scientific motivations are available below. All interested participants wishing to present an oral contribution to the RadioNet Special Session, are invited to submit an abstract to the Organizers.
DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSION: APRIL 30, 2013
DEADLINE PROGRAMME PUBLICATION: MAY 31st, 2013
Each contribution lasts 20 (15+5) minutes.
Abstract submission should be done via the web page: RadioNet Sp2
Registration to EWASS2013 should be done via the Conference web page
"The role of modern radio observatories in black hole and jet studies"
A long-standing goal in relativistic astrophysics is to directly observe the immediate environment of a black hole with angular resolution comparable to the event horizon. Upcoming mm-VLBI arrays as well as the currently flying RadioAstron space-VLBI mission are bringing us closer to that goal. We plan to discuss the latest developments of this endeavour in the special session.
Intimately linked to the accreting supermassive black holes are powerful jets of active galactic nuclei - a spectacular and still in many ways enigmatic phenomenon. Understanding their launching, acceleration and collimation is both a major theoretical and observational challenge, being a field where polarimetric radio/mm imaging plays a central role. Another major topic in the jet studies is related to the energy dissipation in them and especially to the production of high energy gamma-rays. Again here radio astronomy with its unsurpassed angular resolution and its ability to image the non-thermal particle population provides an important complement to the high energy observations. We plan to review the recent advances in understanding the relativistic outflows from black holes and what has been learned from for example combining radio and gamma-ray studies during the past few years. We will discuss how these results should influence the future research programs.
The European astronomical community has an access to a wide range of modern and versatile radio astronomical instruments to address these open questions in AGN studies. RadioNet is a program funded by EC to support the astronomers in their fascinating research by providing the wide access to Europe's radio astronomical facilities, pooling expertise, and stimulating technology development.
Organizers: Franco Mantovani, Tuomas Savolainen, Merja Tornikoski