Exploring our Cosmic Origins

Exploring our Cosmic Origins:
New Results from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array

Wednesday, 9 January 2019, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. PST
American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting
Washington State Convention Center: Rooms 605 / 610
Seattle, Washington

This Special Session will describe for the American Astronomical Society membership the latest news, capabilities, and expectations for the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) performance and science in the next few cycles and beyond. This Session will feature science talks by invited speakers who will present recent, exciting ALMA discoveries across many fields of astrophysics, including solar system objects, planet-forming disks, astrochemistry, galaxies, cosmology and the high redshift Universe. The support available to the community from the North American ALMA Science Center (NAASC) at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) for Principal Investigator (PI) and archive-driven ALMA science will be described. 

A poster session will be associated with this Special Session that will feature contributed science posters from across the ALMA community. We encourage you to showcase your ALMA results in this session when submitting a contributed poster abstract to the AAS.

ALMA is now in the midst of Cycle 6 science observations. Over the past six observing cycles, since science operations were initiated in October 2011, ALMA has provided unprecedented sensitivity, image fidelity, and resolution at millimeter and submillimeter wavelengths, supporting the research interests of more than 8000 PIs and co-Investigators. From solar system objects to the earliest galaxy clusters, ALMA observations have produced breathtaking images and opened new discovery space. ALMA data have been published in over 1000 refereed publications, and over 1600 post-proprietary datasets are available to the community in the ALMA Science Archive.

ALMA, an international astronomy facility, is a partnership of ESO, the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS) of Japan in cooperation with the Republic of Chile.

Confirmed speakers

Amazing Science and Future Plans Sean Dougherty ALMA
Shedding light on the particle nature of dark matter with ALMA and strong gravitational lensing Yashar Hezaveh Kavli Institute, Stanford University
Probing Planet Formation and Habitability with ALMA Meredith MacGregor Carnegie
The Chemistry and Dynamics of Star-forming Regions Revealed with ALMA at Band 10: Water (HDO) Outflows and Complex Organic Line Forests with 300 au Resolution Brett McGuire NRAO
Arielle Moullet SOFIA/USRA
The PHANGS Survey Erik Rosolowsky U. Alberta