Résumé / Abstract Seminaire_IAP
« A New Era in Sub-millimeter Astronomy: ALMA and NOEMA »

Pierre Cox
European Southern Obs. (ESO) (Santiago, Chili)

Two major interferometers operate today at sub-millimeter wavelengths, namely: the Atacama Large Millimeter/sub-millimeter Array (ALMA), in the southern hemisphere, and, the Northern Extended Millimeter Array (NOEMA), in the northern hemisphere. Both dominate the exploration of the cold universe, playing a fundamental and continuous role in our understanding of how stars and planets form and the physics of galaxies in the early universe.

I will provide an overview of recent results obtained with both interferometers, underlining their complementary aspects. ALMA, in particular, in its first half decade of operations, has produced many exciting and fundamental results, enabling transformational science from the solar system to the first galaxies. Presenting a selection of the remarkable ALMA scientific results, I will show how the data quality increased with the gradual expansion of the observing capabilities offered to the community and the ramping up towards full operations. In my concluding remarks, I will put in prospective the roles of ALMA and NOEMA in the context of large observatories, both ground-based and in space, outlining the future evolution of the exploration of the cold universe.
mercredi 17 janvier 2018 - 14:00
Salle des séminaires Évry Schatzman, Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris
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