|The Australia Telescope National Facility Colloquium|
|15:30-16:30 Wed 15 Apr 2009|
ATNF Marsfield Lecture Theatre
(Los Alamos National Laboratory)
The magnetic Universe - Philipp Kronberg Colloquium
A synergy triangle of astronomical observations, laboratory plasma experiments, and plasma theory, is beginning to clarify some longstanding puzzles of jet-lobe radio sources and their remarkable energetics. The enormous scalability of some MHD phenomena -- from cm to Mpc scales -- can make extragalactic space an important plasma/MHD laboratory, which can be explored in new ways with the next generation of radio and X-ray telescopes. Some of the puzzles and phenomena may even bridge the interests of astrophysics and fusion science. My talk will give a brief overview of these emerging themes.
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