A Panchromatic View of Galaxy Evolution

30 Years after IRAS

10-14 June 2013, Paphos, Cyprus


In the last three decades a number of facilities operating at longer wavelengths (from mid-infrared to millimeter and beyond) have become available enabling observations that have refined our understanding of the “obscured'' Universe. The observations have driven the development and availability of new more sophisticated tools (radiative transfer codes, SED fitting tools, spectral decomposition) that aim to provide a more detailed physical insight into the local and distant Universe. When coupled with superb resolution imagery routinely afforded by HST and ground based large telescopes, we can finally start to solve the puzzle of how galaxies came together, what is the role of black holes, the importance of mergers and interactions through cosmic time.

Since their discovery by IRAS, Luminous and Ultraluminous Infrared Galaxies have been pivotal in studies of the ``obscured Universe’’. The meeting will focus on a number of topics in infrared and sub-mm astrophysics where substantial progress has been made in the last three decades. In particular we will seek to review our understanding on:

- Luminous infrared Galaxies: where we stand 30 years on since their discovery by   IRAS

- The properties of the ISM in galaxies near and far.

- Spectral Energy Distribution and decomposition : how close are we to the real thing.

The year 2013 marks a number important anniversaries which include:

  1. -30 years from the launch of IRAS

  2. -15 years from the completion of the ISO mission

  3. -10 years from the launch of Spitzer

  4. -50 years from the discovery of quasars

  5. -completion of data acquisition by the Herschel Space Observatory

  6. -completion of the ALMA full array

  7. -Michael Rowan-Robinson’s 70th birthday

We wish to bring together observers using infrared and sub-millimeter telescopes to present their results from recent Space Missions (e.g. Spitzer, Herschel, WISE) and ground based facilities (e.g. ALMA, SMA, CARMA, SCUBA-2, CSO). We also intent to invite theorists and experts in modeling (using radiative transfer or other methods) the complete Spectral Energy Distribution of galaxies as well as in the physics of dust and perhaps, a few individuals from other wavelengths as it is now clear that to make sense of the obscured Universe a multi-wavelength approach is necessary.


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