Astrophysicists from Ruđer Bošković Institute reach new knowledge about synchrotron radiation in the Milky Way

Astrophysicists from the Laboratory for Astroparticle Physics and Astrophysics of the Ruđer Bošković Institute (IRB) Andrea Bracco, PhD, Vibor Jelić, PhD, two doctoral students Luka Turić and Ana Erceg in collaboration with scientists from Canada and France published the paper The multiphase and magnetized neutral hydrogen seen by LOFAR in the prominent journal Astronomy & Astrophysics. The paper features a discovery that the synchrotron radiation throughout our galaxy the Milky Way is closely related to various phases of neutral matter that spreads through the interstellar space in a nebula-like manner, following the galaxy’s magnetic field.

This research was conducted within two research projects: MUSICA (Origin of Magnetic strUctureS in the ISM obscuring the Cosmic DAwn), funded through the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action Individual Fellowship (H2020-MSCA-IF-843008) awarded to Dr Bracco and the HRZZ Research Project IP-2018-01-2889 „Understanding foreground emission at low radio frequencies: towards the next generations of radio telescopes (LowFreqCRO)” (Principal Investigator: Dr Vibor Jelić). 

RBI’s press release regarding the discovery is available here (in Croatian), while the original article can be accessed here.