Submillimter Astronomy
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The submillimeter wavelengths provide a unique window on cold dust emission and highly excited lines from molecules and ions. As the bulk of the visible universe is cold, the submillimeter window is as close as we can get to the radiation peak from the ground. With the introduction of large format array detectors, a range of interesting phenomena from debris disks to high-redshift galaxies have been detected. With the construction of the Submillimeter Array, angular resolution better than an arc second has been achieved. This meeting will focus on what has been learned, and where the future of the field lies, especially now that ALMA is under construction.

This conference is sponsored by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, and the Department of Astronomy and Department of Physics of Harvard University.



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