Submillimetre continuum radiation allows us to probe cold objects, particularly the earliest, dusty phases of star formation, high-redshift galaxies and circumstellar disks. The submillimetre window gives a unique view of the physical and dynamical conditions in the neutral and molecular interstellar medium. In the next decade a combination of wide-field surveys with single-dish telescopes and targeted follow-up with ALMA and other facilities should enable rapid progress in answering questions about the origins of planetary systems, stars and galaxies.
- Pub Date:
- August 2010
- Astrophysics - Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics
- White Paper written as part of the Canadian 2010 Long Range Planning process. Version with higher resolution figures available at http://www.casca.ca/lrp2010/Docs/LRPReports/submm_universe.pdf