Magnetism Science with the Square Kilometre Array

the SKA Magnetism Science Working Group

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Abstract

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will answer fundamental questions about the origin, evolution, properties, and influence of magnetic fields throughout the Universe. Magnetic fields can illuminate and influence phenomena as diverse as star formation, galactic dynamics, fast radio bursts, active galactic nuclei, large-scale structure, and Dark Matter annihilation. Preparations for the SKA are swiftly continuing worldwide, and the community is making tremendous observational progress in the field of cosmic magnetism using data from a powerful international suite of SKA pathfinder and precursor telescopes. In this contribution, we revisit community plans for magnetism research using the SKA, in the light of these recent rapid developments. We focus in particular on the impact that new radio telescope instrumentation is generating, thus advancing our understanding of key SKA magnetism science areas, as well as the new techniques that are required for processing and interpreting the data. We discuss these recent developments in the context of the ultimate scientific goals for the SKA era.
Original languageEnglish
Article number53
Number of pages37
JournalGalaxies
Volume8
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jul 2020

Keywords

  • magnetic fields
  • polarization
  • instrumentation
  • interferometers
  • techniques
  • polarimetric
  • telescopes

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