SMA at the AAS 231st meeting, Washington, DC 8-12 January 2018

The Submillimeter Array (SMA) will be at the 231st AAS meeting in Washington, DC with a special session and an exhibit booth, as well as results presented by individual investigators in various oral and poster sessions. The SMA is in the midst of ambitious upgrade to dramatically improve its observational sensitivity and speed, offering a powerful complement to ALMA. SMA observing time is available to the community on a competitive basis, with two proposal deadlines each year for rapid response.

* Special Session

Tuesday, 9 January, 2pm, National Harbor 3

The session "Science with the Wideband Submillimeter Array" will consist of an introductory talk to describe newly available and planned SMA capabilities (20 min) followed by a series of talks on recent highlights in key science areas (10 min each):

R. Blundell (SAO), The Submillimeter Array: Status and Plans
G. Bower (ASIAA), The wSMA Probes of SgrA* and Nearby Low Luminosity AGN
T. Kaminski (SAO), SMA Reveals Molecular Complexity of Dying Stars
M. MacGregor (DTM), Deciphering Nearby Debris Disk Structure with the SMA
M. Dunham (SUNY Fredonia), Surveying Low-Mass Star Formation with the SMA
C. Battersby (UConn), The SMA Survey of our Galaxy's Central Molecular Zone
G. Petitpas (SAO), SMA Survey of CO Lines in the Whirlpool Galaxy
N. Nesvadba (IAS Orsay), Starburst Galaxies at z=2-4: Planck's Dusty Gems

* Exhibit Booth
Visit the new SMA booth in the Exhibit Hall to learn about the latest developments, ask questions about the current instrumental capabilities and proposing for SMA observing time, and take home a SMA pen.

The Submillimeter Array is a joint project between the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics and is funded by the Smithsonian Institution and the Academia Sinica.