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VLBI - Connecting Astronomers Worldwide

The EVN presents a series of virtual seminars focused on how very long baseline interferometry (VLBI) observations can significantly contribute to different astronomical fields. These seminars are oriented to the broad astronomical community and provide an engaging introduction to cutting-edge research from different groups across the world.

A series of 7 talks, covering 7 different science topics with 7 different speakers, are allocated during 2020-2021. Discover with us these passionate fields.

The seminars will have a duration of 40 minutes (plus around 20 minutes of questions and discussion), and can be joined by Zoom or watched in streaming in YouTube. Note that the Zoom capacity is 100 participants. Once the limit is reached we will refer to the YouTube streaming. The videos will be recorded and published at the JIVE/EVN YouTube channel and could be watched at any time.

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Next Seminar

Kenzie NimmoFast Radio Bursts

Monday 19 October 2020 - 16:00 CEST gcalendar invitation iCalendar invitation

Kenzie Nimmo

University of Amsterdam & ASTRON

Pin-pointing the positions of repeating Fast Radio Bursts

Fast radio bursts (FRBs) are bright pulses of coherent radio emission with durations of only a few milliseconds, and unknown extragalactic origin. Some FRBs have been observed to repeat, whereas others appear as one-off events. Currently it still remains unclear whether all FRB sources have the ability to repeat, or if there are multiple populations with different physical mechanisms. Recently, the Galactic magnetar SGR 1935+2154 emitted a very bright radio burst (orders of magnitude brighter than typical Galactic radio bursts from pulsars/magnetars) unveiling a bridge between Galactic sources of radio bursts and FRBs. With the European VLBI Network (EVN) we can precisely localise FRBs to milli-arcsecond precision, identifying not only the host galaxy, but the region within the host that the bursts are originating from. This will help in understanding the FRB progenitor(s) and how FRBs link to Galactic sources. In addition to the real-time correlation observing mode (e-EVN), baseband data can be buffered to study fine time and frequency structures of the bursts, as well as their polarisation properties. In this talk I will discuss our approach to localising repeating FRBs using the EVN, present the localisation of a second repeater, FRB 180619.J0158+65, and present recent results on SGR 1935+2154.

Join via Zoom following this link at the time of the event (Meeting ID: 885 4531 2932)

Or join via YouTube in the streaming from the JIVE/EVN channel

Future speakers will include


Sandra Etoka

Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics


Michael Johnson

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics


Mareki Honma

National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

And more...


More specific information about the dates, times, and titles of talks will be posted as it becomes available.

Past Seminars (rewatch them!)

Gravitational LensGravitational Lens

Friday 4 September 2020 - 14:00 CEST

Yuri Kovalev

Astro Space Center

VLBI as a key to the origin of high-energy neutrinos

Observational information on high-energy astrophysical neutrinos is being continuously collected by the IceCube observatory. However, the sources of the neutrinos are still unknown. We studied a large complete VLBI-selected sample of extragalactic radio sources and found that AGN positionally associated with IceCube events have typically stronger parsec-scale cores. Moreover, we see an increase of radio emission at frequencies above 10 GHz around neutrino arrival times. We conclude that AGNs with bright Doppler-boosted jets observed at small viewing angles constitute an important population of neutrino sources. High-energy neutrinos are produced in their central parsec-scale regions, probably in proton-photon interactions.

Watch it again in our YouTube channel

Gravitational LensGravitational Lens

Wednesday 8 July 2020 - 10:30 CEST

Cristiana Spingola

University of Bologna & INAF Istituto di Radioastronomia

Using Strong Gravitational Lensing to Zoom in on High-Redshift Galaxies

The centres of galaxies are powerful laboratories to test models of galaxy formation, as well as the interplay between supermassive black holes and their host galaxies. While these sub-galactic scales can be directly investigated in the local Universe, it is observationally extremely difficult to access them at high redshift. In this talk, we will exploit the combination of strong gravitational lensing and multi-wavelength high angular resolution observations to directly study the parsec scale emission in active galaxies at z > 1. The magnifying effect of strong lensing and the milliarcsecond angular resolution of HST, Keck AO and VLBI observations allow us to spatially resolve the central parts of distant lensed galaxies, especially if they are located in the regions at highest magnification. Therefore, it becomes possible to unveil dual and offset AGN candidates, but also faint extended jets embedded in massive molecular gas reservoirs at cosmological distances. Nevertheless, this kind of study is currently limited by the small number of radio-loud lensed sources. We will conclude by discussing the current efforts to search for more lensing systems in wide-field VLBI surveys.

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Organising Committee


Denise Gabuzda

Department of Physics, University College Cork


Benito Marcote

Joint Institute for VLBI ERIC

Anna Bartkiewicz

Torun Institute of Astronomy, Nicolaus Copernicus University

Marcello Giroletti

INAF Istituto di Radioastronomia

Miguel Pérez-Torres

Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía