Some photos (30/10/2004)
Book of Abstracts (.pdf) (6/10/2004)
Book of Abstracts (.ps.gz)
(click to download the poster)
The future sub-millimeter and far-infrared large instruments HERSCHEL and ALMA
will make a breakthrough in our knowledge of star formation, the bulk of it
occuring in dusty and obscured region, that will be revealed at these wavelengths.
They will shed light on the physical processes of galaxy formation,
the formation of the first stars after the dark age, starbursts in interacting
and merging galaxies, the fueling of the black holes. The physics and
chemistry of the interstellar medium will be known with unprecedented details.
The production of dust and various elements in stars, supernovae and stellar
winds, will be tackled by the observations of circumstellar medium.
The knowledge of cometary and planetary atmospheres will be considerably enhanced,
and their molecular abundances revealed.
The scientific preparation of these instruments, expected to become operational
in a few years, is already very active, through the presently operating
millimeter telescopes or the recently launched far-infrared Spitzer Space Telescope (SST).
Complementary surveys are obtained in the optical (HST or large 8-10m ground
optical instruments), or X-rays (Chandra, XMM-Newton satellites), etc...
It is highly desirable that the various groups working on this scientific
preparation meet and exchange their ideas, to orient their work to the best
strategy, and plan complementary goals for the early science with
HERSCHEL and ALMA.
The meeting will operate in plenary and parallel sessions, covering
galaxies and cosmology, local interstellar medium, circumstellar envelopes
and planetary systems.
The main topics will be:
- Galaxies: formation and evolution
- Interstellar Medium and Star Formation
- Circumstellar envelopes, Planetary Nebulae and Dust production
- Solar and Extra-Solar Planetary Systems