Splinter Meeting SOFIA

SOFIA Scientific Highlights

Time: Tuesday September 12, 14:00-16:30 and Thursday September 14, 16:15-18:00 CEST (UTC+2)

Room: H 3006

Convenor(s): Maja Kazmierczak-Barthel [1], Helmut Wiesemeyer [2]
[1] DSI, Uni Stuttgart, [2] MPIfR, Bonn

SOFIA, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, is a Boeing 747SP aircraft modified to carry a 2.7-meter telescope. SOFIA was flying above 99% of the water vapor of Earth’s atmosphere, providing the astrophysical community access to the mid- and far-infrared wavelengths.
SOFIA was an 80/20 partnership between NASA and the German Space Agency, DLR. SOFIA was expected to have a lifetime of 20 years, but the project was surprisingly cancelled by NASA and DLR in 2022, at its peak of scientific productivity. As of October 1, 2022, SOFIA ended science flight operations; the mission is over, but its legacy will last.
We would like to organize a splinter meeting during the AG Tagung in Berlin, to highlight SOFIA's discoveries, involving not only the community of astronomers based in Germany but reaching out to all colleagues working on data from the observatory's instrument suite.
We invite contributions from various fields to present their results and to state needs and visions for a continuation of a program for airborne astronomy.


Tuesday September 12, 14:00-16:30 SOFIA Scientific Highlights (H 3006)

14:00  Bernhard Schulz:
SOFIA's Legacy and What Comes Next

14:15  Hans Zinnecker:
SOFIA highlights in star formatiom

14:35  Christian Fischer:
Highlights of pubished and unpublished FIFI-LS/SOFIA Data

14:50  G.W. Fuchs:
The envelopes of Late-type stars seen in the infrared at high spectral resolution

15:05  Rengel, Miriam:
Characterizing Titan's Stratospheric Gas Composition: Insights from Space, Ground, and Airborne Observatories

15:20  Helmut Wiesemeyer:
Isotopic abundance patterns as witnesses of primordial nucleosynthesis, protostellar evolution, evaporating oceans, and life

15:30  Slawa Kabanovic:
The formation and physical conditions of molecular clods revealed by the [CII], CO and HI lines.

15:45  Eduard Keilmann:
FEEDBACK observations of RCW79

16:00  Agata Karska:
SOFIA FIFI-LS spectroscopy of DR21 Main: energetics of the spatially-resolved outflow from a high-mass protostar

16:15  Thanh Dat Hoang:
Velocity-resolved high-J CO emission from high-mass star-forming regions

Thursday September 14, 16:15-18:00 SOFIA Scientific Highlights (H 3006)

16:15  Thomas Sperling:
Probing protostellar outflows in the far-infrared [OI] lines with SOFIA/FIFI-LS

16:30  Christian Andreas:
Investigation of periodic maser outbursts in young stars with SOFIA

16:45  Verena Wolf:
A posteriori disclosure of the most powerful protostellar accretion burst with HAWC+

17:00  Andre Beck:
Infrared view of the multi-phase ISM in the nucleus of NGC 253

17:15  Aaron Bryant:
Far-Infrared Imaging Spectroscopy of the Galactic Centre's Circumnuclear Disk

17:30  Cristian Guevara:
The hidden neutral oxygen in M17SW

17:45  Wonju Kim:
HyGAL: Characterizing the Galactic ISM - SOFIA observations of atomic O, OH, and CH

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