Science with the Atacama Large Millimeter Array

A New Era for Astrophysics

  • Rafael Bachiller
  • José Cernicharo

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Ewine F. van Dishoeck, Jes K. Jørgensen
    Pages 15-22
  3. Philippe André, Patrick Hennebelle, Nicolas Peretto
    Pages 29-34
  4. Debra S. Shepherd
    Pages 41-44
  5. M. Guélin, N. Brouillet, J. Cernicharo, F. Combes, A. Wooten
    Pages 45-51
  6. C. L. Brogan, T. R. Hunter, R. Indebetouw, C. J. Chandler, Y. L. Shirley, R. Rao et al.
    Pages 53-57
  7. Claudia Comito, Peter Schilke, Ulrike Endesfelder, Izaskun Jiménez-Serra, Jesus Martín-Pintado
    Pages 59-63
  8. Brenda Matthews, Edwin Bergin, Antonio Crapsi, Michiel Hogerheijde, Jes Jørgensen, Dan Marrone et al.
    Pages 65-68
  9. Friedrich Wyrowski, Per Bergman, Karl Menten, Jürgen Ott, Peter Schilke, Sven Thorwirth
    Pages 69-72
  10. Bérengère Parise, Arnaud Belloche, Silvia Leurini, Peter Schilke
    Pages 73-76
  11. D. C. Lis, M. Gerin, E. Roueff, T. G. Phillips, D. R. Poelman
    Pages 77-80
  12. Leonardo Bronfman
    Pages 81-85
  13. Tetsuo Hasegawa, Takaaki Arai, Nobuyuki Yamaguchi, Fumio Sato, the ASTE team
    Pages 91-94
  14. Stéphane Guilloteau, Anne Dutrey
    Pages 95-100

About these proceedings


Currently under construction in the Andean Altiplano, Northern Chile, the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) is the most ambitious astronomy facility under construction. ALMA is a radio interferometer composed of 54 antennas of 12 m diameter, and twelve 7 m antennas with about 6600 square meters of total collecting area. Initially covering the most interesting spectral wavelength ranges from 3 to 0.3 mm, ALMA will be a revolutionary telescope aimed to unveil the details of star and planet formation and to provide astronomy with the first exhaustive view of the dark and youngest objects of the Universe.

This book describes the enormous capabilities of ALMA, the state of the project, and most notably the scientific prospects with such a unique facility. The book includes comprehensive reviews and recent results on most hot topics of modern Astronomy (the formation and evolution of galaxies, the physics and chemistry of the interstellar medium, and the processes of star and planet formation) with prospects to the revolutionary results to be obtained with ALMA. These topics, discussed with special emphasis on millimeter and sub-millimeter astronomy, are presented by some of the most world-wide reputed scientists in their fields.


ALMA Astrophysics Cosmology Evolution Galaxies Radioastronomy Redshift Star Formation Universe molecule spectra

Editors and affiliations

  • Rafael Bachiller
    • 1
  • José Cernicharo
    • 2
  1. 1.Observatorio Astronomico NacionalMadridSpain
  2. 2.Inst. Estructura de la MateriaCSIC MadridMadridSpain

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-6934-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-6935-2
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