Exploring the Non-Thermal Universe

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A Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by: Paula Chadwick (Durham) p.m.chadwick<at>durham.ac.uk and Rob Fender (Southampton) r.fender<at>soton.ac.uk


Summary: Recent observations of radiation arising from non-Maxwellian particle distributions in the radio, X-ray and gamma-ray wavebands have revealed such emission to be ubiquitous and an important part of the energy budget of many astronomical objects such as active galactic nuclei, pulsars and supernova remnants. Such non-thermal radiation is a tracer of the feedback mechanism for galaxy formation, and is a channel for the identification of dark matter in the Universe.  During the meeting, we will explore the synergies between measurements of non-thermal radiation made in the radio, X-ray and gamma ray regimes and the direct measurements of cosmic rays, as well as looking at measurements that will be possible with future instrumentation.


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