Rainer Beck                                

Staff Astronomer
Follower of Cosmic Magnetic Fields
CV

Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie
Auf dem Hügel 69
53121 Bonn
Germany
Email: rbeck at mpifr-bonn.mpg.de


My apologies that this is not a fancy webpage, just a compilation of links to articles and other websites that may be of interest. Please contact me if you need more information or have questions.

Dies ist keine schöne Webseite, nur eine Zusammenstellung von Links zu Artikeln und anderen Webseiten. Schicken Sie mir eine Email, wenn Sie mehr Informationen benötigen oder Fragen haben.

"Magnetic fields make life interesting."


NEW: Atlas of galaxies - radio continuum images (in total and linearly polarized intensity) compiled from data observed with the Effelsberg, VLA, WSRT, ATCA and LOFAR radio telescopes, by Maja Kierdorf and Rainer Beck

Research news (written by Thomas Bührke, from "Max Planck Research" 4/2014):

  • Forces that Rule in Galaxies
  • Kräfte, die in Galaxien walten

    Recent press release:

  • Twisted magnetic loop in the Giraffe galaxy IC 342
  • Verdrillte Magnetfeld-Schleife in der Giraffen-Galaxie IC 342


    Popular articles on magnetic fields in galaxies (in German):


    Reviews on magnetic fields in galaxies:

    • AARev15.pdf (A&A Reviews 24:4 (2016), open access)
    • PSSS13.pdf (from the book "Planets, Stars and Stellar Systems",Vol. 5, ed. G. Gilmore, Springer 2013, updated version from September 2015)
    • SKA_galaxies15.pdf (from the Proceedings "Advancing Astrophysics with the SKA" (AASKA14), PoS 2015)
    • Lazarian15.pdf (from the book "Magnetic Fields in Diffuse Media", eds. A. Lazarian et al., Springer 2015)
    • ISSI11.pdf (from the book "Large-scale Magnetic Fields in the Universe", ed. R. Beck et al., Springer 2013)
    • Texas10.pdf (from the book "25th Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics", AIPC 2011)
    • Naxos10.pdf (from the book "Advances in Plasma Astrophysics", eds. A. Bonanno et al., Cambridge Univ. Press 2011)
    • Crete10.pdf (from the book "Astronomy with Megastructures", eds. I. Hook et al., Crete Univ. Press 2011)
    • Saksen10.pdf (from the Proceedings of the ISKAF2010 Science Meeting, PoS 2010)

    Scholarpedia article on the Square Kilometre Array (regularly updated): Square_Kilometre_Array

    Summaries of the SKA design and the Magnetism Key Science Project:

  • SKA_Lazarian.pdf (from the book "Magnetic Fields in Diffuse Media" by A. Lazarian et al., Springer 2015)
  • Zakopane11.pdf (from the book "Magnetic Fields in the Universe: From Laboratory and Stars to Primordial Structures, eds. M. Soida et al., Jagiellonian University Krakow, 2011)

  • Pressemitteilungen / Press Releases:


    Fields of Interest and Research:

  • Atlas of radio images: Atlas of galaxies - compiled from data observed with the Effelsberg, VLA, WSRT and ATCA radio telescopes
  • Magnetic fields in galaxies (spiral, barred, irregular, clusters) - see list of my reviews above
  • Book: Cosmic Magnetic Fields (eds. Richard Wielebinski & Rainer Beck), Lecture Notes in Physics 664, Springer, Berlin 2005
  • Magnetfelder in Galaxien (in German): Video eines Vortrages an der Uni Tübingen: Magnetismus.html
  • Magnetfelder in Galaxien (in German): Artikel aus dem MPG Jahrbuch 2003: mpg.jahrbuch.2003.pdf
  • Magnetfelder in Galaxien (in German): Artikel aus "Max Planck Forschung" 4/2001: mpg.magnetfelder.pdf
  • Popular article on magnetic fields from "New Scientist": new.scientist.magnetic.pdf
  • Low-frequency polarization with the LOFAR and the German part GLOW
  • Prospects with LOFAR - see the outreach article in "Spektrum" by Heino Falcke and myself (in German): spektrum.de/artikel/957491
  • LOFAR-Artikel aus dem MPG Jahrbuch 2011: mpg.jahrbuch.2012.pdf
  • LOFAR-Artikel aus dem MPG Jahrbuch 2006: mpg.jahrbuch.2006.pdf
  • Future prospects with the SKA - see my outreach article in "Sterne und Weltraum" (in German): ska.suw.pdf
  • Revealing Cosmic Magnetism with LOFAR and the SKA: Lazarian15.pdf , Zakopane11.pdf , Saksen10.pdf , Cozumel09.pdf
  • Polarization simulations for the European SKA Design Study (SKADS) project: Limelette10.pdf , results: dynamo.pdf and skads.pdf
  • Magnetic fields and star formation - see: Oxford07.pdf
  • Dynamo action and observational signatures - see: dynamo.pdf , Escorial.pdf and Bologna.pdf
  • Polarization observation techniques - see: skads.pdf
  • Propagation of cosmic-ray electrons in galaxies
  • Radio halos of edge-on galaxies - see: Escorial.pdf
  • Radio-(far)infrared correlation in galaxies
  • Density waves and spiral structure
  • Solar eclipses (see below)

  • LOFAR Activities:

    The German Research Foundation (DFG) is funding a Research Unit on "Magnetisation of Interstellar and Intergalactic Media: The Prospects of Low Frequency Radio Observations" (FOR1254), see: Magnetische Impulse (in German)

    LOFAR Key Science Project on Cosmic Magnetism (MKSP): MKSP.html

    Recent result: LOFAR HBA image of the spiral galaxy M51: M51.html

    Reviews:

  • "The LOFAR View of Cosmic Magnetism" (Review talk given at the AG conference in September 2012): Hamburg12.pdf
  • "Towards a New Era of Observing of Cosmic Magnetic Fields" (Review talk given at the ISKAF conference in June 2010): Saksen10.pdf
  • "Magnetic Visions" (Review talk given at the conference "Magnetic Fields in the Universe II" in Jan. 2008 on Cozumel): Cozumel09.pdf
  • "Measurements of Cosmic Magnetism with LOFAR and SKA" (summary of a talk given at the URSI meeting in Sept. 2006 in Miltenberg): Ursi07.pdf

  • Popular articles:

  • LOFAR-Beitrag für das MPG-Jahrbuch 2012 (in German, abstract in English): Jahrbuch2012.pdf
  • "LOFAR läuft!" (von Matthias Hoeft und Rainer Beck), in "Sterne und Weltraum" Juni 2010 (in German): lofar.suw.2.pdf
  • "Per Software zu den Sternen" (von Heino Falcke und Rainer Beck), in "Spektrum der Wissenschaft" Juli 2008 (in German): spektrum08
  • Spektrum Talk (Interview, in German): spektrum_talk08
  • LOFAR-Beitrag für das MPG-Jahrbuch 2006 (in German, abstract in English): Jahrbuch2006.pdf

  • LOFAR Meetings:

  • AG Splinter Workshop "First science with LOFAR and prospects for the SKA", Hamburg 25+27 Sept. 2012: splinter-hamburg
  • AG Splinter Workshop "A fresh view of the radio sky: science with LOFAR, SKA and its pathfinders", Heidelberg 20-21 Sept. 2011: splinter-heidelberg
  • AG Splinter Workshop "The radio sky: LOFAR to SKA", Bonn 14-15 Sept. 2010: splinter-bonn
  • LOFAR Conference "Astrophysics with E-LOFAR", Hamburg 16-19 Sept. 2008: hamburg-lofar_workshop
  • AG Splinter Workshop "LOFAR", Köln 27-29 Sept. 2005: splinter-koeln

  • LOFAR Documents:

  • LOFAR Webseite des MPIfR (in German): Lofar
  • LOFAR Poster (in German): poster.lofar.pdf
  • LOFAR in Germany (Poster): poster.GLOW.pdf
  • LOFAR - Die Geburt eines europäischen Radioteleskops (Pressemitteilung vom 12. Juni 2010, deutsch): Europäisches Radioteleskop
  • LOFAR maps the radio sky at Effelsberg (press release of 17. December 2009): Radio sky at Effelsberg
  • Der Himmel über der Eifel (Pressemitteilung vom 17. Dezember 2009, deutsch): Der Himmel über der Eifel
  • LOFAR picks up speed (press release of 11. December 2007): First international LOFAR station at Effelsberg
  • LOFAR: Startschuss für deutsche Stationen (Artikel in "Sterne und Weltraum", September 2006, deutsch): lofar.pdf
  • LOFAR in Deutschland (Pressemitteilung vom 7. September 2005, deutsch): LOFAR in Deutschland
  • German LOFAR White Paper (MPIfR 2005): white.paper.pdf
  • Riesenradioteleskop entsteht im Herzen Europas (Pressemitteilung vom 1. Dezember 2003, deutsch): LOFAR


  • SKA Activities:

    Conferences and workshops:

  • International SKA conference "The Origin and Evolution of Cosmic Magnetism", Bologna 29 Aug - 2 Sep 2005. The Proceedings were published as Vol. 327 of the Astronomische Nachrichten (Astronomical Notes): "The Origin of magnetic fields in galaxies": Bologna15.pdf

    The organizers: Bryan Gaensler, Luigina Feretti and Rainer Beck     

  • AG Splinter Workshop "First science with LOFAR and prospects for the SKA", Hamburg 25+27 Sept. 2012: splinter-hamburg
  • AG Splinter Workshop "A fresh view of the radio sky: science with LOFAR, SKA and its pathfinders", Heidelberg 20-21 Sept. 2011: splinter-heidelberg
  • AG Splinter Workshop "The radio sky: LOFAR to SKA", Bonn 14-15 Sept. 2010: splinter-bonn

  • Reviews and papers:

  • Scholarpedia article on the Square Kilometre Array: Square_Kilometre_Array (regularly updated)
  • "Structure, dynamical impact and origin of magnetic fields in nearby galaxies in the SKA era": SKA_galaxies (from the new SKA science book of 2015)
  • "Future observations of cosmic magnetic Fields with LOFAR, SKA and its precursors": SKA_Lazarian.pdf (from the book "Magnetic Fields in Diffuse Media" by A. Lazarian et al., Springer 2015)
  • SKA German White Paper (2013)
  • "Future observations of cosmic magnetic Fields with the SKA and its precursors" (Review talk given at the "Magnetic Fields in the Universe III" conference in August 2011 in Zakopane): Zakopane11.pdf
  • "Towards a new era of observing of cosmic magnetic fields" (Review talk given at the ISKAF conference in June 2010): Saksen10.pdf
  • "Magnetism in nearby galaxies, propects with the SKA, and synergies with the E-ELT" (Review talk given at the conference "Astronomy with Megastructures" in May 2010 on Crete): Crete10.pdf
  • "Wide field polarimetry and cosmic magnetism" (Review talk given at the SKADS conference in Nov. 2009 in Limelette): Limelette10.pdf
  • "Magnetic Visions" (Review talk given at the conference "Magnetic Fields in the Universe II" in Jan. 2008 on Cozumel): Cozumel09.pdf
  • SKA Artikel in "Sterne und Weltraum", Sept. 2006 (in German): ska.suw.pdf
  • Pressebericht über LOFAR/SKA Vortrag (Nordenham Oct. 2006, in German): Nordenham.beck.jpg
  • "The Magnetic Universe" - one of the "Key Science" Projects for the SKA; see: magnetism.pdf (from the SKA Science Case Book of 2004)
  • "The Milky Way and nearby galaxies observable with the SKA" (from the SKA Science Case Book of 2004): magnetism_galaxies.pdf
  • "Magnetic fields in normal galaxies and prospects for the SKA" (Review talk given at the conference "Perspectives on Radio Astronomy" in April 1999 in Amsterdam): Amsterdam99.pdf

  • Go to the group's home page.

    Solar eclipse photos:

    Total solar eclipse of 2006 March 29 (photos taken near Side/Turkey with a 400mm lens plus 2x teleconverter) :

       

    Moon shadow at third contact (fisheye lens) towards southwestern horizon (sea) and northwestern horizon (mountains) :

       

    During total eclipse and a few minutes later :

       


    Annular eclipse of 2005 Oct 3 (photos taken at Villafranca/Spain with a 1000mm Maksutov mirror lens and full aperture filter) :

       


    Total solar eclipse of 2001 June 21 (photos taken near Lusaka/Zambia with a 400mm lens plus 1.4x teleconverter, exposure times 1/125, 1/4 and 1 sec) :

                    


    Relics from the early days of my astronomical work as an amateur observer of the sun:

       

    The second German edition (from 1999) is still available.


    Last modified: 13 Jan 2016

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