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Theoretical Advances Guided by Radio-Millimeter-Submillimeter Arrays

by Davis Murphy last modified Aug 06, 2018

The NRAO will convene a Special Session at the January 2019 American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting in Seattle, WA entitled Theoretical Advances Guided by Radio-Millimeter-Submillimeter Arrays (Wednesday, 9 January, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM).

Over the last decade, theoretical frontiers have opened on numerous scientific fronts based on high quality radio and millimeter data delivered by the VLA and ALMA. Sensitive images acquired with high angular resolution are enabling new observational insights into star and planet formation that are propagating into improved theoretical understanding. Deep inventories of the molecular gas in galaxies less than a billion years after the Big Bang, e.g., have added substantial realism to galaxy formation models. At the dawn of multi-messenger astrophysics, radio-wavelength follow-up of gravitational wave sources is providing critical insights into the energetics and evolution of these highly explosive events. Extreme astrophysical settings have been identified where fundamental physics can be readily tested.

This Special Session will highlight recent theoretical breakthroughs enabled by the VLA and ALMA, summarize planned VLA and ALMA improvements, discuss theoretical leaps that are likely to follow, and underscore the relevance of the VLA and ALMA to the science themes motivating the great observatories that will be commissioned in the next decade. This Special Session will feature a session of invited oral presentations and an associated poster session with contributed presentations.

We encourage you to consider contributing to the associated AAS meeting poster session. We especially seek posters that will foster a robust dialog between theorists and observers, within the context of data from either current or improved arrays. 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.

We look forward to seeing you at the January 2019 AAS!

This Special Session will involve a session with invited oral presentations, organized by Eric Murphy, and an associated poster session with contributed presentations, organized by Joan Wrobel.

The confirmed oral presentations are:

The Scientific Impact of Radio-Millimeter-Submillimeter Facilities Tony Beasley NRAO
Astrophysical Jets: Formation, Evolution, and Environmental Impact Roger Blandford Stanford University
Planet Formation: Peering into the Dust & Gas that Forms Rocky Worlds Luca Ricci California State Northridge/JPL
Astrochemistry: Building Potentially Habitable Worlds Ilse Cleeves University of Virginia
Galaxies: Mechanisms of Galaxy Formation and Evolution Claudia Lagos University of Western Australia
Multi-Messenger Astrophysics: Modeling Explosive Transients Davide Lazzati Oregon State University