SOFIA at the 240th AAS Meeting
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Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, CA
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SOFIA science will be at the 240th AAS Meeting June 12-16, 2022 in Pasadena, California! This webpage lists all SOFIA-related events during the meeting. All times are Pacific Time.

Splinter Session

Monday, June 13, 10:00–11:30am PT, Conference Room 204

Mid and Far-IR Observations: Leveraging Science across the Spectrum

Multi-wavelength observations can open up new and unique comparisons between tracers and physical processes. For instance, while mid infrared line observations typically access molecular vibrational transitions, far infrared and (sub-)mm wave lines probe the rotational excitation ladder. Similarly, mid-to-far infrared continuum observations (intensity and polarization) probe the hot and warm dust, respectively, while (sub-)mm wave data are most sensitive to the cold dust. Currently, SOFIA provides a unique access to high resolution mid-IR and far-IR spectroscopy, and to far infrared imaging and polarimetry. Pairing SOFIA's data with ground and space-based observations can thus generate powerful synergies and create new probes of sources and processes.

This session will highlight the scientific synergies available from multi-wavelength, multi-observatory datasets including mid and far-IR data, as well as observational constraints and considerations. A panel and open community discussion will address how in practice such synergetic approaches can be best supported.

With E. Schinnerer (MPIA): Resolving the Gas—Star Formation Cycle in Nearby Galaxies

N. Karnath (SOFIA/USRA): A SOFIA/HST Study Revealing the Shocks and Outflow Properties of HOPS 361

M. Bradford (JPL): Far-IR Measurements of Galaxy Evolution: Wideband Spectroscopy and Spectrophotometry with PRIMA

J. Pineda (JPL): Mid and Far-IR synergies for ISM studies enabled by the ASTHROS balloon.

M. MacGregor (U Colorado Boulder): A New Window on Planet Formation with Far-Infrared Spectroscopy

and J. Jackson (GBO), M. Zemcov (RIT) as panelists

Town Hall

Wednesday, June 15, 6:30-7:30pm PT, Ballroom C

The US-German Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), is currently operating in its 9th observing cycle, and continues to enable and produce high-impact science results ranging from Earth studies to high-redshift galaxies. SOFIA continues to be the only observatory that provides community access to the mid- and far-infrared wavelength range, preparing the astronomical community both scientifically and technologically for the ambitious roadmap set forth by the Astro2020 Decadal report.

During this Town Hall, the SOFIA Director, Margaret Meixner, and the SOFIA team will report on the status of the observatory, the ongoing Cycle 9 observations including Legacy Programs, the open archival science research opportunities, as well as the timeline for instrument upgrades and developments.

This Town Hall will also be an opportunity for direct feedback from the SOFIA user community regarding current operations and future plans. We encourage you to submit anonymous questions here. SOFIA leadership will address questions during the Town Hall. Questions may be submitted until Wednesday, June 15, at 10:00am Pacific time.

Hyperwall talk 

Thursday, June 16, 9:22-9:32 am PT, NASA Booth

M. Hankins (Arkansas Tech): Exploring the Galactic Center with SOFIA

Theater presentations

Monday, June 13, 9-9:30 am PT

"SOFIA Legacy data: The ISM at high spectral resolution with GREAT"

Arshia Jacob (JHU) and Kyle Kaplan (SOFIA)

This summer, new SOFIA observations will provide the final data to Legacy Programs using the GREAT heterodyne instrument for ISM exploration: HyGAL (PIs Neufeld and Schilke) and FEEDBACK (PIs Tielens and Schneider). HyGAL is a spectroscopic survey towards the Galactic plane, targeting hydride molecules (OH+, H2O+, ArH+, SH, OH, CH) within the diffuse ISM. FEEDBACK focuses on kinematic maps of the environment of massive stars, offering a big-picture look at the stars' mechanical and radiative feedback on the ISM. This presentation will introduce the publicly available datasets and relevant analysis tools.

Wednesday June 15, 11:30 am-12 pm PT

"SOFIA Archival Research Program - what you need to know"

Robert Minchin (SOFIA)

The SOFIA Archival Research Program (SARP) is now open for proposals to fund research projects primarily using SOFIA data, with a deadline of Jul 8, 2022. The purpose of this program is to encourage the use of available SOFIA archival data and to realize the full potential of the SOFIA archive. We will present the policies and mechanics of the open funding call, and highlight a selection of public datasets

Thursday June 16, 11:00 am-11:30 am PT

"SOFIA Legacy datasets: Polarimetric observations with HAWC+"

Arielle Moullet (SOFIA/USRA)

The HAWC+ instrument aboard SOFIA has opened the way to the exploration of magnetic fields on dusty sources, through polarization measurements at mid- and far-IR wavelengths. We will describe the data from two large HAWC+ Legacy programs, SALSA (PI Lopez-Rodriguez) and FIELDMAPS (PI Stephens). SALSA datasets are putting together a comprehensive empirical picture of the magnetic field strength and structure in multiphase ISM, based on a sample of 15 nearby galaxies. At smaller scales, FIELDMAPS explores the role of magnetic fields for the formation of dense molecular filaments ('bones'), which are the largest known star-forming structures in the Galaxy. 

Contributed Presentations

Monday, June 13

9:00–10:00 am PT, iPoster Session: Molecular Clouds and the ISM, Hall A/B. Large- and Small-Scale Magnetic Fields in Cygnus-X North and DR21(OH), D. Clemens et al.

9:00–10:00 am PT, iPoster Session: Molecular Clouds and the ISM, Hall A/B. Constraints on ISM Conditions in Infrared-Luminous Galaxies: Ionized Gas and OH+ in NGC 6764 from SOFIA FIFI-LS Far-Infrared Spectroscopic Observations, O. Aspegren et al.

9:00–10:00 am PT, iPoster Session: Star Formation, Hall A/B. Completing the protostellar luminosity function in Cygnus-X with SOFIA/FORCAST imaging, Y. Cheng et al.

10:20–10:30 am PT, Oral Session: The Milky Way: Galactic Center and Outflows, Conference Room 105. SOFIA/FORCAST Source Catalog of the Galactic Center and 25 and 37 μm, A. Cotera et al.

10:30–10:40 am PT, Oral Session: The Milky Way: Galactic Center and Outflows, Conference Room 105. SOFIA/HAWC+ 214 micron polarimetric observations of the Galactic Center, N. Butterfield et al.

10:30–10:40 am PT, Oral Session: Dwarf Galaxies in the Local Group, Ballroom C. Investigating the electron density stratification in the low-metallicity dwarf galaxy IC10, F. Polles.

2:10–2:20 pm PT, Oral Session: Planetary Nebulae, Supernova Remnants, Conference Room 106. Far-IR Polarization and Dust Properties in the Supernova Remnant Cas A Using SOFIA HAWC+, J. Rho et al.

3:20–3:30 pm PT, Oral Session: AGN and Quasars II, Ballroom G. Obscured Quasars and the Need for Optical to NIR, Massively Multiplexed, Spectroscopic Facilities, A. Petric et al.

5:30–6:30 pm PT, iPoster Session: Dust, Hall A/B. The Effect of Shear Flows on the Davis-Chandrasekhar-Fermi Approximation, J. Guerra Aguilera et al.

Tuesday, June 14

2:00–2:10 pm PT, Oral Session: Young Stellar Objects, Piazza. Comparative Star Formation in the Mid-Infrared, S. Terebey et al.

2:10–2:20 pm PT, Oral Session: Young Stellar Objects, Piazza. Revealing and Investigating the Shocks and Outflow Properties of HOPS 361, N. Karnath et al.

2:10–2:20 pm PT, Oral Session: Molecular Clouds, HII Regions, and the ISM I, Ballroom E. The Role of Magnetic Fields in the Stability and Fragmentation of Filamentary Clouds: Two Case Studies at OMC-3 and OMC-4, P. S. Li et al.

2:30–2:40 pm PT, Oral Session: Molecular Clouds, HII Regions, and the ISM I, Ballroom E. Exploring the Relationships Between [CII] and Dust Emission in Nearby Galaxies, J. Sutter et al.

2:50–3:00 pm PT, Oral Session: Star Formation, Ballroom H. Toward Precise Modeling of Massive Protostellar Systems: Constraining the Inclination with Multi-wavelength Photometry, Y-L Yang et al.

3:00–3:10 pm PT, Oral Session: Molecular Clouds, HII Regions, and the ISM I, Ballroom E. HyGAL: Characterizing the Galactic ISM with observations of hydrides and other small molecules, A. Jacob et al.

Wednesday, June 15

9:00–10:00 am PT, iPoster Session: Space-based Instruments, Hall A/B. The PRIMA Far-Infrared Probe: Observatory and Instrumentation, C. Bradford et al.

3:00–3:10 pm PT, Oral Session: Starburst Galaxies, Ballroom H. Solar Metallicity in M82 Starburst with Far-Infrared Spectroscopy, I. Dindy et al.

5:30–6:30 pm PT, iPoster Session: Potpourri of Galaxies, Hall A/B. SOFIA observations of [CII] emission in the Seyfert Galaxy NGC~7319: A Jet connecting to the Stephan's Quintet intergroup medium? P. Appleton et al.

5:30–6:30 pm PT, iPoster Session: Potpourri of Galaxies, Hall A/B. A complete [CII] map of Messier 106 obtained with SOFIA, D. Fadda et al.

Thursday, June 16

9:00–10:00 am PT, iPoster Session: The Milky Way, the Galactic Center, Hall A/B. Updates from the SOFIA/FORCAST Galactic Center Survey, M. Hankins.

9:00–10:00 am PT, iPoster Session: Young Stellar Objects and T Tauri Stars, Hall A/B. Protostar Luminosity Estimates from the SOFIA Archive, T. Huard et al.

SOFIA Exhibit Hall Booth

Scientists will be available at the booth to discuss your ideas and answer your questions. Come pick up our latest newsletter fresh from the press.