Description:

During this week, several observers will visit KITP. The focus will be on the impact of large surveys on the study of Galactic star formation. Observers will give Seminars intended both for each other and for theorist. In addition, a key goal is to discuss what observations & simulations are best matched to each other in terms of testing physical theories. One approach to think about is the "Taste-Testing" paradigm described at the "Star Formation Taste Tests" Basecamp. (If you're not already signed up for that Basecamp, email Sarah Block & we'll fix that.)khaula


Here's a summary page from our workshop that discusses the "3 KITP Questions" (OK, actually 4) that we proposed more work on at end of the week...

...and, here's the longer list of Questions Åake Nordlund started back in August.

Schedule below is Final, as of 11/5.07.

Day

Who

Description

When &

Where

Monday (11/5)
Goodman Evans
Opening Session
  • Part 1: What do we hope to discuss this week? (Goodman, 10 min.)
  • Part 2: Evolution and Star Formation Rates in Nearby Molecular Clouds Studied by the Spitzer c2d Project (Evans, 35 min + Q&A)
3:40 PM AUD
Tuesday (11/6)
Enoch
Goodman
Survey Summaries & Status, Part 1: COMPLETE & c2d & Taste-Testing
  • COMPLETE (Goodman et al., 30 min)
  • c2d (Enoch, 30 min)
  • 45 minute discussion over coffee, in SSR (optional for non-surveyors)
9:30 AM
SSR
Wednesday (11/7)
Goldsmith
Megeath
Padgett
Schnee
Survey Summaries & Status, Part 2: Taurus & Clusters
  • Structure of the Molecular Gas in Taurus Revealed by High Spatial Dynamic Range Spectral Line Mapping (Goldsmith, 20 min)
  • The wonders of TMC-1C (Schnee, 10 min)
  • Mapping the Taurus Molecular Clouds with the Spitzer Space Telescope (Padgett, 20 min)
  • Spitzer Surveys of the Nearest Massive Star Forming Clouds (Megeath, 25 min)
  • Followed by group lunch discussion (1 hr) on most pressing questions.Note on timing: 5-10 min discussion for each of above+ 10 min general Q&A at the end of all 4 gives ~2 hours total before lunch.
10:00 AM
AUD
Thursday (11/8)
Shetty
Myers
Falgarone
Crutcher
9 AM: Taste-Testing Get-Together (Shetty, in the SSR)

Main Event: Why Do Core Mass Functions Resemble the IMF? (Myers, 30 min+Q&A)
Followed by a short talk on what to extract from cloud molecular line
surveys -- Falgarone, and a short talk on Magnetic Field Surveying, by Crutcher (TBC)
Leave rest of this day open for "spontaneously organized" discussions. No additional presentations.
main meeting at 9:30 AM SSR
Friday (11/9)
Myers, all
Wrap-up: What did we learn this week? (15 min. Myers' comments, 30 min discussion, followed by optional lunch at ~12:15)
11:30 AM
AUD

Surveys:

The COMPLETE (COordinated Molecular Probe Line Extinction Thermal Emission) Survey of Star-Forming Regions

c2d (From Molecular Cores to Planet Forming Disks), A Spitzer Legacy Survey

Taurus Surveys

  • FCRAO: Paul Goldsmith (schedule seminar on Wednesday, Nov. 7)
  • Spitzer: Deborah Padgett

Survey of the Nearest GMCs forming High Mass Stars

  • Spitzer Orion, CepOB3 and Mon R2 Cloud Surveys Tom Megeath

Talks:

  • Structure of the Molecular Gas in Taurus Revealed by High Spatial Dynamic Range Spectral Line Mapping, Paul Goldsmith
  • Evolution and Star Formation Rates in Nearby Molecular Clouds Studied by the Spitzer c2d Project, Neal Evans
  • Why Do Core Mass Functions Resemble the IMF?, Phil Myers
  • Mapping the Taurus Molecular Clouds with the Spitzer Space Telescope, Deborah Padgett
  • Spitzer Surveys of the Nearest Massive Star Forming Clouds, Tom Megeath

Contact Information:

agoodman@cfa.harvard.edu, schnee@phobos.caltech.edu, nje@bubba.as.utexas.edu, menoch@astro.berkeley.edu, megeath@physics.utoledo.edu, jkauffmann@cfa.harvard.edu, sblock@cfa.harvard.edu, rshetty@cfa.harvard.edu, jpineda@cfa.harvard.edu, Paul.F.Goldsmith@jpl.nasa.gov, dlp@ipac.caltech.edu, jfoster@cfa.harvard.edu, pmyers@cfa.harvard.edu