• Starting date: 2017/07/03
  • End: 2017/07/07

  • LOCATION: Haus Sexten - Via Dolomiti 45, 39030, Sexten


    Luminous and Ultraluminous infrared galaxies (LIRGs/ULIRGs) are extreme examples of star-forming and/or AGN-driven galaxies.  The infrared output from these galaxies is powered by dust absorption and re-emission of photons originating in bursts of star formation – or from dust-enshrouded black hole accretion. These galaxies evolve rapidly and are the focus of intense study – for example at mm and submm wavelengths, where radiation penetrates the thick layers of gas and dust to reveal the extreme physical conditions in the circumnuclear regions of (U)LIRGs. Combining these studies with X-ray and IR observations allow for a disentanglement of the nature and evolution of the enshrouded activity in these galaxies.

    Questions include the relative importance of AGNs and starbursts and how the molecular cloud properties impact galaxy evolution. What is lurking inside the most extremely obscured galaxy nuclei and how is molecular feedback impacting their evolution? How can gas flows on large and small scales be linked to nuclear growth, star formation and the accretion of a supermassive black hole?

    With the advent of new infrastructure such as ALMA and recent development of theory and models, astrochemical techniques are emerging as new diagnostic tools for identifying activity, characterizing evolutionary status and therefore developing a better understanding of the (U)LIRG phenomenon.  The great improvement in sensitivity and resolution afforded by this new capabilities also enables the use of new tracers of physical conditions and dynamics.

    With this workshop we aim to bring together leading theorists and observers in this field to focus on the questions of what powers (U)LIRGs, what is their evolutionary role in relation to normal galaxies and how can we use the new observational and theoretical tools to unlock their secrets.

    Please note that due to limited space at the meeting venue this workshop is by invitation only.

    For questions concerning this workshop, please contact the SOC Chair.

    Email contact: Susanne Aalto ( saalto@chalmers.se )

    S. Aalto (Chalmers, Sweden) – Chair
    J. Mangum (NRAO, USA) – co-Chair,
    F. Costagliola (Chalmers, Sweden), – co-Chair
    S. Viti (UCL, UK),
    S. Garcia-Burillo (OAN, Spain),
    K. Sakamoto (ASIAA, Taiwan),
    D. Meier (New Mexico Tech, USA),
    J. Mangum (NRAO, USA),
    S. Martin (ESO),
    T. Greve (UCL, UK),
    G. Fuller (Mancherster, UK),
    P. van der Werf (Leiden, The Netherlands)
    The European MasTER Network.

    Image credits: ESO/C. Malin; K.Sakamoto,; S. Aalto; S. Garcia-Burillo; NASA/JPL-Caltech; F. Costagliola,; ESA/NASA and A. Evans; N.Rangwala



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