Concluding Remarks II: New Windows for Astrophysics
2017 November 09
2017 November 15
In this short presentation, I address some themes that appear to have emerged from the talks. These are the result of a variety of discoveries and especially the promise of discovery in astrophysics. This is indeed the hope for a conference entitled "Frontier Research in Astrophysics". Specifically, I discuss the opening of new windows in astrophysics. I discuss the discovery of gravitational waves by direct measurement of the merging of black holes by LIGO, the detection of intense neutrino events with IceCube, and the detection of ultra-high-energy cosmic rays with the Pierre Auger Observatory and Telescope Array. Notably, these new windows are non-electromagnetic windows. The opening of a different kind of window is discussed; the contemporaneous computational and observational unveiling of the launching region of astrophysical jets. Jets appear in star formation, mass exchange binary stars, and active galactic nuclei, yet the detailed launching mechanism is not well understood. The simultaneous improvement in high-resolution imaging and spectroscopic studies with computational dimensional and grid enhancement is converging towards a coherent picture. Finally, I discuss the idea that observations of the sources that we observe over cosmic scales and time are revealing the deep connection between the universe, astrophysics, and life.