The current research program* is organized around six organizing questions:
NS1: Plasmas in Neutron Star Magnetospheres (Led by Chris Thompson, Yajie Yuan)
“How does the magnetosphere outside a neutron star respond to electrodynamic processes operating on both microscopic (QED) and macroscopic scales?"
NS2: Neutron Star Interiors (Led by Yuri Levin, Matt Caplan, Katerina Chatziiannou)
“How do internal magnetic fields reaching 10^15 Gauss interact with flows of neutron-rich matter to stress the solid neutron star crust and trigger external electromagnetic activity?”
NS3: Observations of Neutron Stars (Led by Anatoly Spitkovsky and Ke Fang)
“How does our first-principles understanding of extreme electrodynamics explain the observational appearance of neutron stars?”
BH1: Disk and Jet Flows (Led by Ellen Zweibel and Richard Anantua)
“How do accretion flows magnetize black holes to form and collimate relativistic jets?”
BH2: Plasmas near Black Holes (Led by Amir Levinson and Sam Gralla)
“How do we test classical general relativity and confront new physics in the extreme plasma conditions near black holes?”
BH3: Dissipation in Jets (Led by Tsvi Piran and Lorenzo Sironi)
“How do relativistic jets dissipate power through extreme particle acceleration and become multi-messenger sources?”
*The initial research program is taken from the proposal. It will evolve along with the progress and interests of the collaboration members as well as observational developments.