Münster 2017 – wissenschaftliches Programm

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T: Fachverband Teilchenphysik

T 120: Hauptvorträge 5

T 120.1: Hauptvortrag

Freitag, 31. März 2017, 11:15–11:55, H 1

From Multi-Wavelength to Multi-Messenger Astrophysics: a success story — •Stefan Funk — Erlangen Centre for Astroparticle Physics (ECAP), FAU Erlangen, Germany

The Universe is home to exotic phenomena that can be directly linked to fundamental physics. Mergers of black holes produce gravitational waves that allow us to address fundamental physics in strong gravity, shocks in Supernova remnants or jets of black holes produce high-energy particles arriving here in the form of cosmic rays and dark matter leaves potential signatures through annihilation or decay. All these processes typically release enormous amounts of energy in the form of either photons from radio to gamma rays or of elementary particles.

In particular the recent discoveries of astrophysical neutrinos and gravitational waves are promising to open a window on the exploration of the high-energy Universe. Combining neutrino with photon observations promises to help solve the long-standing question of the origin of cosmic rays. Finding electromagnetic counterparts of transient gravitational wave events as possibly witnessed by the Fermi satellite will provide important insight into the nature of progenitor objects and into fundamental aspects of gravity. Indirect searches for dark matter are probing deeper into possible annihilation cross sections. All these new probes of the Universe signal the dawn of Multi-Messenger astronomy in the quest for understanding fundamental aspects of our Universe. In this talk I will review the status of the field and give a perspective on future developments.

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