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Astrochemistry in the New Millennium: Centers, Surveys and Databases

Monday, April 6, 2009 - 10:30am

NIST, Optical Technology Division


Anthony J. Remijan

Assistant Scientist

ALMA Commissioning and Science Verification

National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Tel: (434) 244-6848; Fax: (434) 296-0278





The next generation of powerful millimeter/submillimeter (e.g. ALMA, LMT & Herschel) and radio (GBT, NRAO's most over-subscribed telescope, & eVLA) observatories require extensive resources to help identify and analyze spectral line transitions. The question persists that as these new facilities come online, what is the best way to address the daunting task of analyzing the spectroscopic data? In the coming decades, given the sensitivity, bandwidth and spectral resolution of these facilities, astrochemistry observations and questions may replace astrophysics, opening up a new user base to tackle the unanswered problems in chemistry using astronomoical observations. In this presentation, I will discuss how we are planning for next several decades of astrochemistry by introducing the formation and organization of the new Astrochemistry in Charlottesville (CCU) headquartered at the University of Virginia and how the PRIMOS survey of the Galactic Center region Sgr B2N and Splatalogue, the Molecular Database for Astronomical Spectroscopy will be essential tools to answering the questions that the CCU is asking.




Anthony J. Remijan is an Assistant Scientist in charge of ALMA Commissioning and Science Verification for the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO). He received his B.S. in Astronomy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1996, his M.S. in Astronomy from Iowa State University in 1998, and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2003. He was a postdoctoral research associate at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center from 2004-2006 and an ALMA postdoctoral research associate at NRAO from 2006-2008. His research interests include the discovery and study of interstellar molecules via radiotelescope observations, broadband mm-wave spectroscopy measurements and spectral analysis, and generally, the interplay between physics, astronomy, chemistry, and biology. His ambition for teaching is demonstrated by the variety of courses he has taught at the University of Maryland-University College (Introduction to Astronomy; Introduction to Physical Science; Introduction to Physical Science Laboratory), Prince George's Community College (Introduction to Astronomy), Parkland College (The Solar System; Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe; General Physics I; General Physics II; Mechanics; Electricity and Magnetism; Modern Physics), and Illinois State University (Atoms to Galaxies; Physics for Science and Engineering I; Physics for Science and Engineering II; Statics). His ambition for public outreach is demonstrated by the wide variety of public lectures he has given to promote the sciences of astrochemistry and astrobiology, speaking in venues as diverse as the Science Center at the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope facility in Green Bank, WV to the 12th Annual Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) Exhibition & Reception on Capitol Hill. Dr. Remijan was the recipient of the University of Illinois Excellent Teaching Award in 1998, the Iowa State University Richard G. Patrick Award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant in 1998, the Iowa State University Teaching Excellence Award in 1998, the Iowa State University Outstanding First-Year Teaching Award in 1997, and the University of Illinois Excellent Teaching Award in 1995.