Seminar by Prof. Dr. Stefan Funk (University Erlangen)
"Exploring the high-energy Universe"
Lecture hall 1 Abbeanum, Fröbelstieg 1, 07743 Jena
The Universe is populated by numerous exotic and violent phenomena, giant explosions, supermassive black holes, rapidly rotating neutron stars, and shock waves of gas moving at supersonic speeds. Many of these astrophysical objects can generate enormous amounts of energy and accelerate particles to energies way beyond those accessible in human-made accelerators. Gamma-ray observations with instruments such as the Fermi-LAT or H.E.S.S. have opened a window on this high-energy Universe. I will describe how recent observations of with gamma-ray instruments have unraveled some of the physical processes behind the extreme Universe and what the future holds for this field.