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The Very Large Array Today and Tomorrow: First Molecules to Life on Exoplanets

by Davis Murphy last modified Aug 09, 2017

The NRAO will convene a Special Session entitled The Very Large Array Today and Tomorrow: First Molecules to Life on Exoplanets on 11 January 2018 in National Harbor, Maryland, near Washington, D.C. during the 231st Meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS).

The Very Large Array (VLA) has had a major impact on nearly every branch of astronomy, and the results of its research are abundant in the pages of scientific journals and textbooks. Five years after the completion of the Expanded Very Large Array Project, the VLA has strengthened its position as the most versatile, widely-used radio telescope in the world. Rededicated in 2012 as the Karl G. Jansky VLA, the array continues to make cutting-edge discoveries across a broad range of disciplines. This Special Session will showcase that cutting-edge research. It will also address future transformative scientific opportunities that could be enabled by new capabilities that would ensure the instrument's pre-eminence well into the 21st century.

This Special Session will involve a session with invited oral presentations, and an associated poster session with contributed presentations.  

The confirmed oral presentations will include:

  • Fabian Walter (MPIfA), The Cold Side of Galaxy Formation: Dense Gas Through Cosmic Time
  • Brenda Matthews (NRC), Terrestrial Zone Exoplanets and Life
  • Rachel Osten (STScI), The Bursting Universe: New Tools for Cosmology and Physics
  • Mark McKinnon (NRAO), The Very Large Array: Pioneering New Directions in Radio Astronomy
  • Eric Murphy (NRAO), Radio Synergies with Current and Next-Generation Great Observatories

The Observatory encourages you to consider contributing to the associated AAS meeting poster session, also scheduled for 11 January 2018.  When submitting a contributed poster abstract to the AAS, you will have the option of requesting that your presentation be included in this Special Session. Eric Murphy is the organizer of this Special Session.

We look forward to seeing you at the January 2018 AAS!