High Spatial Resolution Spectroscopy in the Era of Alma, JWST and ELT

Mon 22 Jul 2019
Fri 26 Jul 2019

Sexten, Italy


Pushing the limits of our understanding of the Universe requires ever higher resolution observations across ever wider wavelength ranges. The current success of ALMA, one of the most demanded facilities worldwide, is a strong testament to this. Since the start of early science observations, the richness and diversity of the discoveries made possible by a combination of sensitivity and high spatial resolution, orders of magnitude greater than ever before, has enthralled the astronomical community.

This workshop, sponsored by the Sexten Centre for Astrophysics, aims to bring together researchers working with the leading facilities available today (ALMA) in order to plan for the next generation (JWST, ELT). Key to the motivation for this workshop is that astronomers must harness the high spatial resolution spectroscopic capabilities of each and every one of these facilities in a multi-wavelength approach in order to reach their scientific goals. We have therefore focused the meeting around the technique, rather than a specific science area, in order to capture the combined scientific power. This meeting will bring together leading researchers from different astrophysical areas and with expertise in all of these telescopes to plan the programmes we need to answer the most important outstanding astronomical questions debated today.

A workshop in 2019 is very timely for developing the synergies between these observatories, something that has not been done before in a joint workshop. ALMA is reaching operational maturity, providing the scientific backdrop for our future plans. It is now expected that the call for open time proposals for JWST will be issued approximately one year before the 2021 launch, in the first few months of 2020. A meeting in summer 2019 will thus be perfectly timed to re-invigorate the thinking in the JWST community for cycle 1 science. Proposals for JWST Early Release Science have already been selected and so there will be well-developed detailed science plans to present that will further stimulate discussion.

The workshop will be optimised to foster new panchromatic scientific collaborations and to generate new observational proposals by striving for a good balance between time for presentations and time for small group discussions. These collaborations will be fostered through ensuring that we not only have scientific, but technical (e.g. project scientist) representation from each observatory. This will enable real time discussion of how to implement new ideas with each facility. We plan to bring 60-80 people together and ask that the workshop be considered for Haus Sexten. We will promote diversity and inclusion through our selection of invited and contributed talks and will actively foster the participation of early stage researchers.


For detailed information, please see the workshop website.

For technical assistance, please contact the JWST Help Desk.

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