Special Issue "Blazars through Sharp Multi-wavelength Eyes"
A special issue of Galaxies (ISSN 2075-4434).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (5 September 2016)
Blazars, the most extreme variety of active galactic nuclei (AGN) and the most luminous long-lived individual objects in the universe, continue to pose major astrophysical puzzles. Blazars are powered by accretion of gas onto supermassive black holes, and possess a pair of oppositely directed jets of magnetized, high-energy plasma continuously flowing outward at speeds close to that of the light. These systems radiate across the electromagnetic spectrum from radio to gamma-ray frequencies.
Observations of blazars involve the most modern instruments and techniques developed, while theories of jet formation and mechanisms for high-energy particle and photon production attempt to solve one of the most prominent problems of modern astrophysics.
This Special Issue of Galaxies is based on the contributions presented during the international symposium “Blazars through Sharp Multi-Wavelength Eyes” held in Málaga, Spain, between 30 May and 3 June, 2016. Gathering the leading theorists and observers around the world, along with young scientists and students, the conference analyzed the blazar phenomenon, focusing on the study of jet formation, probes of blazar jets with instruments providing the finest angular resolution, multi-wavelength observations, magnetic fields and polarization, and non-blazar AGN jets.
The timing of the conference is well matched to the availability of premier high-energy facilities, such as the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, the Chandra, Swift, NuSTAR, and Astrosat X-ray satellites, new high-resolution arrays such as the Event Horizon Telescope, RadioAstron, and ALMA, sensitive very high-energy gamma-ray Cherenkov detectors, and long-term monitoring with the Very Long Baseline Array, Global mm-VLBI Array, and optical-IR telescopes.
An extra motivation of the conference was to celebrate Prof. Alan Marscher's contributions to blazar research.
Dr. Jose L. Gómez
Dr. Alan P. Marscher
Dr. Svetlana G. Jorstad
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