Stars And Galaxies Projects

The Role of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Dense Cloud Absorption Features: The Last Major Unanswered Question in Interstellar Ice Spectroscopy

Friday, October 31 2014 - 4:48 pm, PDT
Interstellar dust plays a vital role in the star formation process and the eventual formation of planetary systems including our own. Ice mantles are an important component of the dust: reactions involving simple ices can create more complex (and astrobiologically interesting) molecules, and ices sublimated back into the gas phase influence the gas-phase chemistry.

Study of the ISM in Early-type Galaxies: the Infrared View

Thursday, September 04 2008 - 4:07 pm, PDT
A study to determine the fraction of elliptical galaxies that show star formation and to measure their star formation rates.

Accretion Disk Processes: From Dust to Planetesimals, and Formation and Evolution of Satellite Systems

Friday, August 01 2008 - 4:40 pm, PDT
A study into how planetesimals form from dust and how satellite systems form around giant planets.

The Stratospheric TeraHertz Observatory

Monday, January 28 2008 - 10:02 am, PST
Study of the life cycle of interstellar medium using spectral line imaging by the Stratospheric TeraHertz Observatory, furthering our understanding of star formation.

Science Processing Support for NASA Discovery Program's Kepler Mission

Thursday, March 15 2007 - 10:15 am, PDT
This study supports the implementation and operation of the signal processing chain for the Kepler Mission.