RAS Public Lecture: Jets in Space

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Jets in SpaceProfessor Katherine Blundell, University of Oxford(Venue: Geological Society Lecture Theatre - no booking required) If our eyes could see very deeply at radio wavelengths we could see that all across the universe are linear streaks of plasma. These streaks can extend over millions of light years in extent, way beyond the galaxies from whose centres they emerge, yet they are launched from vastly smaller regions close to massive black holes. Professor Blundell will illustrate her talk with a wide variety of strikingly beautiful examples of these phenomena and of some smaller scale examples in our own Galaxy, all of which powerfully and dramatically impact their surroundings. Katherine Blundell is a Professor of Astrophysics at Oxford University and a Research Fellow at St John's College. Prior to this she was one of the Royal Society's University Research Fellows, having been a Research Fellow of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 and before that a Junior Research Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford. Her awards include a Philip Leverhulme Prize in Astrophysics, the Royal Society's Rosalind Franklin Medal in 2010, the Institute of Physics Bragg Medal in 2012 and the Royal Astronomical Society's Darwin Lectureship in 2015. Her research interests span a broad range of topics. She has published extensively on the evolution of active galaxies and their life cycles, on the accretion of material near black holes and the launch and propagation of relativistic jets. She uses techniques from across the electromagnetic spectrum, both imaging and spectroscopy, as well as computational techniques.