Conferences and Meetings

Bridging Laboratory and Astrophysics: From the Infrared to the Submm

By Keith Cowing
March 11, 2009

A Meeting-in-a-Meeting to be held during the 214th Meeting of the AAS, June 7-11, 2009, Pasadena, California ( ) Sponsored by the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Working Group on Laboratory Astrophysics (WGLA) – ( )

Abstract Submission deadline: 2 March 2009
Late Abstract Submission deadline: 30 April 2009

This 3 day Meeting-in-a-Meeting will be devoted to the interplay between laboratory astrophysics and IR, FIR and Submm astronomy. The sessions will discuss current and future missions and facilities that operate in this domain and their laboratory astrophysics needs. Astronomy is an observational science detecting photons generated by atomic/molecular/chemical, and solid-state physics. The astrophysically motivated studies, which consist of both laboratory experiments and theoretical calculations, are collectively known as laboratory astrophysics. This Meeting-in-a-Meeting will consist of six sessions that will discuss the nature and evolution of molecules, dust and ices from stellar and planetary formation regions to circumstellar, planetary nebulae and diffuse ISM environments to comets and planets. The sessions map the sub areas of laboratory astrophysics in the IR, FIR and Submm domains and cover the study of molecules, dust and ices. Each session will include talks focusing on major mission projects and key data needs, related experimental and theoretical work, all illustrating the important role of laboratory astrophysics in support of current and future missions and facilities. There will be an associated poster session on astronomical observations and laboratory astrophysics of molecules, dust and ices in the IR – Submm. Student participation is particularly encouraged.

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