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2009 CCU Workshop

"Advancing Chemical Understanding through Astronomical Observations"

 

May 26-29, 2009 -- NRAO Facility -- Green Bank, WV

 

The Astrochemistry in Charlottesville, in association with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and the North American ALMA Science Center, sponsored the 2009 Astrochemistry in Charlottesville Workshop “Advancing Chemical Understanding through Astronomical Observations” May 26-29, 2009 at the site of the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope in Green Bank, West Virginia.

The workshop focused on the formation of molecules under interstellar conditions, the challenges these conditions pose for experimental physical chemists, and the advantages provided by astronomical instruments such as the Green Bank Telescope (GBT). Talks were given across six session topics: Laboratory Spectroscopy and Observations, Interstellar Surface Chemistry and Ices, Laboratory Kinetics for Interstellar Reactions, Theoretical Modeling of Interstellar Chemistry, Molecular Astrophysics with the GBT, and GBT Instrumentation for Chemistry Applications.

Over 20 invited speakers, including senior scientists and those in their early career, shared their research findings and expertise with the 80+ individuals in attendance. The purpose of the workshop was largely educational; consequently, more than half of the registered participants were graduate students and postdoctoral research associates. Approximately 35 of these young scientists also participated in the workshop's poster session.

 

2009 CCU Workshop

 

Schedule of Sessions & Events

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009
5:00 – 7:00PM Arrival and check-in; Poster set-up.

Residence Hall Lobby; Green Bank Science Center

7:00 – 9:00PM Opening Reception. Residence Hall Lounge
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
8:00 – 9:00AM Breakfast Cafeteria
9:00 – 9:15AM

Welcome

Karen O'Neil, NRAO - Green Bank

Jansky Lab Auditorium
9:15 – 9:45AM

The Green Bank Telescope - Overview, Operations, and Open Time

Jay Lockman, NRAO - Green Bank

Jansky Lab Auditorium
9:45 – 10:30AM

H3+: The Simplest Polyatomic Molecule in the Laboratory and the Interstellar Medium

Ben McCall, University of Illinois

Jansky Lab Auditorium
10:30 – 10:45AM Coffee Break Outside Jansky Lab Auditorium
10:45 – 11:30AM

Investigating the Chemistry of the Universe: Combining the Power of Rotational Spectroscopy and Radio Astronomy

DeWayne Halfen, University of Arizona

Jansky Lab Auditorium
11:30 – 12:15PM

New THz Spectroscopic Tools for Laboratory Astrochemistry

Susanna Widicus Weaver, Department of Chemistry, Emory University

Jansky Lab Auditorium
12:15 – 12:30PM Follow-up / Discussion of Morning Sessions Jansky Lab Auditorium
12:30 – 1:15PM Lunch Cafeteria
1:15 – 3:15PM Tour of the GBT Meet in Jansky Lab Lobby (or outside main entrance, weather permitting)
3:15 – 3:30PM Coffee Break Outside Jansky Lab Auditorium
3:30 – 4:15PM

Formation of molecules on dust grains in simulated interstellar conditions

Gianfranco Vidali, Syracuse University

Jansky Lab Auditorium
4:15 – 5:00PM

Complex processes in simple ices – the role of UV light

Karin Öberg, Leiden Observatory

Jansky Lab Auditorium
5:00 – 5:45PM

From Clouds to Comets: Ices in Interstellar Environments

Erika Gibb, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Jansky Lab Auditorium
5:45 – 7:00PM Dinner Cafeteria
7:00 – 7:45PM

Probing fundamental constant evolution with molecular spectroscopy

Nissim Kanekar, NRAO - Socorro

Jansky Lab Auditorium
7:45 – 8:30PM

Clustered Low Mass Star Formation in the Ophiuchus Molecular Cloud

Rachel Friesen, NRAO/University of Victoria

Jansky Lab Auditorium
8:30 – 8:45PM Follow-up / Discussion of Afternoon and Evening Sessions Jansky Lab Auditorium
8:45 – 10: 00PM Poster Viewing Green Bank Science Center

Thursday, May 28, 2009
8:00 – 9:00AM Breakfast Cafeteria
9:00 – 9:45AM

Interstellar Ion Chemistry – New Insights from Laboratory Experiments

Veronica Bierbaum, University of Colorado

Jansky Lab Auditorium
9:45 – 10:30AM

The Astrochemistry of Molecular Anions, From AGB Stars to Dark Clouds

Martin Cordiner , NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Jansky Lab Auditorium
10:30 – 10:45AM Coffee Break Outside Jansky Lab Auditorium
10:45 – 11:30AM

Interstellar carbon isotope fractionation

Andrew Markwick, University of Manchester

Jansky Lab Auditorium
11:30 – 12:15PM

Pathways to chemical complexity in the ISM

Robin Garrod, Cornell University

Jansky Lab Auditorium
12:15 – 12:30PM Follow-up / Discussion of Morning Sessions Jansky Lab Auditorium
12:30 – 1:15PM Lunch Cafeteria
1:15 – 2:00PM

Gas Phase Ionic Reactions: Rates and Products

Nigel Adams, University of Georgia

Jansky Lab Auditorium
2:00 – 2:45PM

Reaction Dynamics within the Interstellar Medium

Brant Jones, University of Hawaii

Jansky Lab Auditorium
2:45 – 3:30PM

Chemical Composition of Low-Mass Star-Forming Regions

Nami Sakai, The University of Tokyo

Jansky Lab Auditorium
3:30 – 3:45PM Coffee Break Outside Jansky Lab Auditorium
3:45 – 4:30PM

A cm-wavelength search for molecular lines with Arecibo and the GBT

Robert Minchin, Arecibo Observatory/NAIC

Jansky Lab Auditorium
4:30 – 5:15PM

Developing a Chemical Evolutionary Sequence for Starless Cores

Yancy Shirley, University of Arizona

Jansky Lab Auditorium
5:15 – 6:00PM

ALMA and Synergies with the GBT in Interstellar Astrochemistry

Al Wootten, NRAO

Jansky Lab Auditorium
6:00 – 6:15PM

Closing Remarks

Brooks Pate, University of Virginia
Jansky Lab Auditorium
6:15 – 6:30PM Follow-up / Discussion of Afternoon Sessions Jansky Lab Auditorium
6:30 – 8:30PM Poster Viewing; Dinner Reception Green Bank Science Center
8:30 – 10:00PM

Live Traditional Appalachian Music

Band of Local Musicians

Green Bank Science Center Lobby (or Star Party Patio, weather permitting)

Friday, May 29, 2009
8:00 – 9:00AM Breakfast Cafeteria
9:00 – 9:10AM

Preview of the Day’s Discussions -- the GBT site and atmosphere

Karen O’Neil, NRAO – Green Bank
Jansky Lab Auditorium
9:10 – 9:30AM

Performance of the GBT at 3mm

Todd Hunter, NRAO

Jansky Lab Auditorium
9:30 – 10:15AM

Forum on science drivers for 3mm GBT instrumentation

Moderator: Jay Lockman, NRAO
Jansky Lab Auditorium
10:15 – 10:30AM Coffee Break Outside Jansky Lab Auditorium
10:30 – 11:00AM

Forum on Operational Requirements for a 3mm Focal Plane Array

Moderator: Glen Langston, NRAO
Jansky Lab Auditorium
11:00 – 12:30PM

Technical Challenges Discussion

Moderator: Roger Norrod, NRAO

Jansky Lab Auditorium
 

Amplifiers - Eric Bryerton & Matthew Morgan, NRAO

 

Systems and integration - Rick Fisher, NRAO

 

Digital and detectors - John Ford, NRAO

 

Data storage and reduction - Bob Garwood, NRAO

12:30 – 1:30PM Lunch Cafeteria
1:30 – 3:30PM

Project Development Discussion – Funding, Timelines, Collaborations

Moderator: Karen O’Neil, NRAO
Jansky Lab Auditorium
3:30PM

Coffee & End of Session

Outside Jansky Lab Auditorium

 

Poster Titles/Abstracts

 

 

Many thanks to John Stoke and George Hassel for the excellent assortment of photos.