Heidelberg Joint Astronomical Colloquium

Speaker Michael Kramer
Title The Square Kilometer Array

Astronomy in the next decade is likely to be quite different from what we are used to now. The hope is that mega-sized telescopes will have vastly changed our view of the Universe, with instruments available across the electromagnetic spectrum. Gravitational waves will have been detected directly, and it is the combination of information obtained from all windows to the cosmic that will make astronomy even more exciting. However, progress in this direction is not without challenges. For instance, astronomers of all kind will face data rates and volumes that are incredible by today standards. This talk will highlight the challenges as well as the fantastic opportunities at at the example of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). Summarizing the science and progress of this project, I will in particular highlight the synergies to other future telescopes by concentrating mostly on studies for fundamental physics.