From Jansky to Fermi (VBJF) 2012: Variability of Blazars

From Jansky to Fermi (VBJF) 2012: Variability of Blazars – Blazars are unusually energetic objects in the extragalactic universe. They are characterized with highly variable emissions in radio through gamma–ray bands, high and variable polarization, superluminal motion, strong emission lines or no emission lines. Blazars are even detected in energetic TeV bands, they are fuelled by a supermassive black hole at the center, from which a relativistic jet, pointing closely to the line of sight, comes out. The variable time scales range from minutes to years. The variability should shed some lights on the nature of the variability and even the emission mechanism. In the past years, many facilities have been available for blazar observations, particularly a lot of blazars have been detected by Fermi, theoretical researches have also developed, which bring us a lot of developments in our understanding of these interesting objects. Therefore, we organize this meeting in Dec, 13-16, 2012 at Guangzhou University, China.

Guangzhou University is a twelve-year old university merged from 5 universities/colleges in 2000. It locates in Guangzhou University City, which was constructed in 2004. Guangzhou, known as the “Flower City”, is the capital city of Guangdong Province. It is a city full of history, culture and life. Guangzhou has a history of 2200 years and is the window of reform and opening up in China. The 16th Asian Games were held in Nov. 12-27, 2010 in Guangzhou. From Guangzhou, it takes 75 minutes to Shenzhen, two hours to Hong Kong by inter-city train, and two hours to Macao by bus. The meeting will be hosted by Guangzhou University, Guangzhou Municipality Education Bureau, Guangdong Astronomical Society. The talks will take place in the lecture room on the campus.