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The Origin of Dust in Galaxies in the Herschel and ALMA Era, 9 March 2012


The Origin of Dust in Galaxies in the Herschel and ALMA Era'
Royal Astronomical Society, A Specialist Discussion Meeting,
Friday, 9th March 2012 10:30 -- 15:30
The Geological Society, Burlington House, LONDON, W1J 0BG, UK

Dust grains are ubiquitous in the interstellar medium of galaxies.
They are responsible for the formation of molecular hydrogen and for absorbing and re-emitting up to 90\% of the energy fromvgalaxies, as well as providing an effective coolant for star formation. Although important in a number of astrophysical processes,  the origin and consequently the chemical make-up and emission properties of dust grains is largely unknown.  Since the launch of the Herschel Space Observatory and Planck Satellite in 2009, we are beginning to understand far more about the origin and composition of dust. This has consequences for understanding the physical properties of dust grains,  which in turn is crucial to correctly interpret results from studies of galaxy evolution and star formation with Herschel, and ultimately ALMA.

Invited speakers include A.G.G.M. Tielens, A.C. Anderson, C. Carilli

Here and here you can find more information, including a preliminary program.

A Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by: Haley Gomez (Cardiff), Mikako Matsuura (UCL)  and Robert Kennicutt (Cambridge)