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Mysterious structures in our Galaxy obscuring the view towards the first stars in the Universe

TYPEAstrophysics Seminar
Speaker:Vibor Jelic
Time:14:30 - 15:30
Location:Lidow 620

Recent LOFAR observations revealed a bewildering variety of structures in polarisation in several fields at high Galactic latitudes. These structures are found at different Faraday depths, which measure the product between the electron density of the ionized gas and the line-of-sight magnetic field. One of the fields, 3C196 field, shows the most interesting features.  Notably,  a few degrees straight filament, which displaces in Faraday depth the background synchrotron emission. While its physical parameters are hard to pinpoint, this is likely a filament of ionized gas located somewhere within the local bubble. Together with another structure observed in the same field it correlates with observed HI filaments and the magnetic field orientation probed by the Planck observations of the dust emission in polarisation. This result is quite surprising as LOFAR, Planck and HI observations are sensitive to different ISM phases. During my talk I will present and discuss these intriguing results, as well as, how they might obscure the view towards the first stars in the Universe - the LOFAR-Epoch of Reionization key science project.