Updates from the Science Working Groups

Epoch of Reionization

The last few weeks have definitely been an exciting time for the 21-cm community: The Experiment to Detect the Global EoR Step (EDGES) has reported a detection of a deep 21-cm absorption trough at 78 MHz (z ~ 17, Figure…Read more

Fundamental Physics with Pulsars

Main meetings/events from December 2017 to March 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: “IPTA Hack Week,” Dec. 11-15, 2017,…Read more

High Energy Cosmic Particles

Members of the High Energy Cosmic Particles Focus Group, based at Jodrell Bank Observatory and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, have constructed a benchtop prototype of a particle-detector system for the SKA. This system is a vital component for a Custom…Read more

Magnetism

Upcoming conferences The Power of Faraday Tomography: Towards 3D Mapping of Cosmic Magnetic Fields 28 May – 2 June 2018, Miyazaki, Japan Magnetic fields play vital roles on all scales throughout the Universe: allowing the creation of stars and exoplanets,…Read more

Cradle of Life

The Cradle of Life (CoL) working group focuses on four main science themes: 1) how Earth-like planets form; 2) how life originated on Earth; 3) what exoplanets look like; and 4) the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI). The SKA will…Read more

Cosmology

In late December 2017, the SKA Cosmology Science Working Group (SWG) held a very successful 2-day workshop generously hosted by Queen Mary University London to discuss the latest progress and activities of the SWG for 2019. The main focus of…Read more