Mapping cosmic magnetism in the space between the stars

Event Date: 
March 5, 2024
Susan Clark

The Universe is magnetic. From stars to galaxies to intergalactic space, magnetic fields thread the cosmos. Our home galaxy, the Milky Way, hosts a magnetic field that helps to sculpt the interstellar medium: the “stuff between the stars” out of which new stars are born, and into which some old stars explode. Join us on a tour of magnetism in the Milky Way galaxy and beyond, and learn how we measure magnetic fields in interstellar space.


Speaker Bio: 
Susan Clark is an Assistant Professor of Physics at Stanford University, and a senior member of the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC). Clark is an astrophysicist, with primary research interests in cosmic magnetic fields and the interstellar medium. Clark earned her PhD from Columbia University in 2017, and was a NASA Hubble Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study before joining the Stanford faculty.