Discovering the highest energy neutrinos with radio detectors

Special Colloquium
Prof. Abigail Vieregg
University of Chicago

The detection of high energy astrophysical neutrinos is an important step toward understanding the most energetic cosmic accelerators. IceCube, a large optical detector at the South Pole, has observed the first astrophysical neutrinos and identified at least one potential source. However, the best sensitivity at the highest energies comes from detectors that look for coherent radio Cherenkov emission from neutrino interactions. I will give an overview of the state of current experimental efforts, including recent results, and then discuss a suite of new experiments designed to discover neutrinos at the highest energies and push the energy threshold for radio detection down to overlap with the energy range probed by IceCube, thus covering the full astrophysical energy range out to the highest energies, and opening up new phase space for discovery. These include ground-based experiments such as RNO-G and IceCube-Gen2, as well as the balloon-borne experiment PUEO.

What can black hole jets do for you?

Main Colloquium
Prof. Alexander Tchekhovskoy
Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA

In this talk, I will review the physics of accretion and outflows, focusing on the relativistic jets, as revealed by 3D general relativistic simulations of magnetized plasma near spinning black holes. I will discuss the conditions necessary for jet formation, what the jets can reveal about the central engine, the effects the jets can have on their environment.