IAU Special Sessions (GA)

SpS12: Modern views of the interstellar medium

Start date/time

August 27, 2012, 00:00

End date/time

August 30, 2012


China, Nanjing


You-Hua Chu

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Coordinating Division

Division VI Interstellar Matter

SOC Co-Chairs: You-Hua Chu (United States), Dieter Breitschwerdt (Germany)

SOC Members: Michael Burton (Australia), Miguel de Avillez (Portugal), Erwin de Blok (South Africa), Elisabete de Gouveia Dal Pino (Brazil), Ralf-Jürgen Dettmar (Germany), Edith Falgarone (France), Tom Hartquist (United Kingdom), Bon-Chul Koo (Korea, Rep of), Naomi McClure-Griffiths (Australia), Eve Ostriker (United States), J. Xavier Prochaska (United States), Laszlo Viktor Toth (Hungary), Enrique Vazquez-Semadeni (Mexico), Keiichi Wada (Japan), Mark Wolfire (United States), Ji Yang (China Nanjing)

Editors of Proceedings: You-Hua Chu (United States), Dieter Breitschwerdt (Germany)


  • Physical Structure and phase distribution of the ISM in a galaxy     
  • Multi-wavelength observations of ISM in the Galaxy and nearby galaxies          
  • Recent theory/MHD simulation of ISM in a galaxy: magnetic field and turbulence
  • Integrated picture of interstellar structure in a galaxy: relation among gas, dust, magnetic fields, cosmic rays, etc.
  • The interstellar disk-halo connection in galaxies.
  • Interplay between stars and ISM: star formation and feedback
  • Observations vs. Theory of the ISM
  • How does the Galactic ISM help us understand the ISM in other galaxies?
  • How does the nearby ISM help us understand the ISM in the distant past?


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