Division H Interstellar Matter and Local Universe


The research covered by Division H centers around the study of the interstellar medium (ISM) and the stars in our Milky Way and in nearby galaxies (out to ~15 Mpc). The ISM and stars, the two major visible components of a galaxy, are coupled to each other through star formation, stellar feedback, and their gravitational potential. Topics range from detailed studies of the physics and chemistry of different components of the ISM (ionized, neutral, molecular), both locally and on galaxy-wide scales, to measurements of resolved stellar populations and star clusters in the Local Universe, and the dynamics of galaxies. The formation and evolution of atoms, molecules and dust during all phases of star formation and death are an integral part of ISM studies. On the smallest scales, the structure and composition of protoplanetary disks around pre-main sequence stars set the scene for planet formation theories.

For a working definition of the "Local Universe", please refer to the Division's homepage.

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Division Members (2649)

Participating Commissions

Commission H1 The Local Universe
Commission H2 Astrochemistry
Commission H3 Planetary Nebulae
Inter-Division G-H-J Commission Stellar clusters throughout Cosmic Space and Time
Inter-Division D-G-H-J Commission Galaxy Spectral Energy Distributions
Inter-Division B-H-J Commission Intergalactic Medium

Division Working Groups

Division H WG The Galactic Center

Bruce G. Elmegreen

T J Watson Res Center
1101 Kitchawan Road
Yorktown Heights 10598
New York (NY)
United States

Phone: +1 914 945 2448
Email: bgeusibmcom

Last updated:
May 26, 2016

Leonardo Testi

Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri
Largo E Fermi 5
50125 Firenze

Phone: +39 055 275 2285
Fax: +39 055 220 039
Email 1: ltarcetriastroit
Email 2: ltestiesoorg
Organization website: http://www.arcetri.astro.it/

Last updated:
May 23, 2016

Francisca Kemper

Academia Sinica
Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics
PO Box 23-141
Taipei 10617
China Taipei

Phone: +886 0223665408
Fax: +886 0223677849
Email 1: ciskaasiaasinicaedutw
Email 2: ciskakemperfastmailnet
Personal website: http://www.asiaa.sinica.edu.tw/~ciska/
Organization website: http://www.asiaa.sinica.edu.tw/

Last updated:
May 23, 2016

Ewine F. van Dishoeck

Leiden University
Leiden Obsevatory
PO Box 9513
2300 RA Leiden

Phone: +31 71 527 58 14
Fax: +31 71 527 58 19
Email: ewinestrwleidenunivnl
Organization website: http://www.leidenuniv.nl/

Last updated:
May 26, 2016

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