The Dusty and Molecular Universe

A prelude to HERSCHEL and ALMA

27 - 29 October 2004, Paris



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Motivation

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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


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