The Milky Way: Stars, Gas, Dust and Magnetic Fields in 3D

Scientific Rationale

By combining the observational data from the Planck foreground maps with Gaia distances and stellar extinction measurements, a 3D map of the dust distribution within a few kpc can in principle be constructed. Combining this with radio observations of molecular and neutral hydrogen clouds can ultimately provide a picture of the distribution of those non-stellar components in our Galaxy that play a major role in, and reflect the consequences of, star formation and evolution. This is traced further through stellar chemical composition analysis, as provided in part by the Gaia data and in part by ground-based data (e.g. the Gaia-ESO spectroscopic survey). This workshop will bring together scientists with expertise in different types of data - optical, infrared, radio - and in different components of the Galaxy - stars, dust, magnetic fields - in order to investigate scientific and technical ways in which we can fruitfully combine these data sets for a better understanding of the Milky Way. A specific objective is to make concrete steps combining different data sets to prepare them for scientific exploitation in the Gaia data era.

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Scientific Organising Committee

  • Paul Alexander, Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, UK
  • Coryn Bailer-Jones, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg, Germany (co-chair)
  • Rosine Lallement, Observatoire de Paris, France
  • Floor van Leeuwen, Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge, UK
  • Steven Newhouse, European Grid Infrastructure, The Netherlands
  • Nikolai Piskunov, Uppsala, Sweden
  • Franck Le Petit, Observatoire de Paris, France
  • Nicholas Walton, Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge, UK (co-chair)
  • Patricia Whitelock, South African Astronomical Observatory, South Afric

Important dates

Workshop Photo

The workshop photo: [jpg]


This workshop is supported through the GREAT-ESF Research Network Programme and by the MPIA.

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