Updates from the Science Working Groups

Epoch of Reionization

The Cosmic Dawn/Epoch of Reionization Science Working Group organised a meeting which took place at the building of the Royal Astronomical Society in London, 24 – 25 September 2018. There were around 35 participants and most SKA countries were represented.…Read more

Cosmology

There are two significant pieces of news from the Cosmology SWG: There was a meeting of the SWG at the University of Turin in September 2018 hosted by Stefano Camera. Around 25 members of the group attended in person and…Read more

Fundamental Physics with Pulsars

Main meetings/events from Aug. 2018 to Nov. 2018 Members of the SKA Pulsar Science Working Group (SKA-PSWG) and the various Pulsar Timing Array (PTA) consortia have attended the following meetings during this time period: IAU GA, Vienna: the Division D…Read more

Solar, Heliospheric & Ionospheric Physics

As of October 12, a new paper was published in Advances in Space Research, which is looking at the SKA’s unique capabilites in terms of spatial, spectral and temporal resolution, as well as sensitivity to provide major new insights in…Read more

JIVE/EVN and SKA VLBI Report

Science frontiers for SKA-VLBI The SKA Project continues assessing the different elements’ designs in the Critical Design Reviews. During this period the Central Signal Processor, a very important element for the SKA-VLBI capability, was reviewed with very good outcomes, as…Read more

High Energy Cosmic Particles

Radio-quiet cosmic ray detector deployed at the MRO The field prototype of a particle-detector system for the SKA, described in the previous edition of this newsletter, has been deployed at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory, the planned site of SKA-LOW. The…Read more

Magnetism

Activities in the last quarter Sixth annual CHANG-ES collaboration meeting 30 July – 4 August 2018, Calgary, Canada CHANG-ES is the Continuum HAlos in Nearby Galaxies – an Evla Survey. CHANG-ES is a survey of edge-on spiral galaxies that reveals…Read more