Review: Constraining Magnetic Fields at Galactic Scales


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Discussion timeslot (ZOOM-Meeting): 13. July 2021 - 14:00
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Magnetic fields are ubiquitous in the Universe, from compact objects to cosmic scales, and they play a central role in a variety of astrophysical processes. Surprisingly, even the Galactic magnetic field (GMF) in our own Milky Way remains poorly understood because of the challenges of observing it and the complexity of the phenomena we use to study it. Though we still have too many models that might fit the data, this is not to say that the field has not developed in the last few years. Radio observations have been used since the 1970’s to study the GMF and remain one of the most useful tracers. More recently, surveys of polarized dust have given us a new observable that is complementary to the more traditional radio tracers. A variety of other new tracers and related measurements are becoming available to improve current understanding. In this talk, I will summarize: the tracers available, the models that have been studied, what has been learned so far, what the caveats and outstanding issues are, and one opinion of where the most promising future avenues of exploration lie.'

Authors: Tess Jaffe
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Presenter: Tess Jaffe

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