Science with the World Space Observatory - Ultraviolet

  • Ana I. Gómez de Castro
  • Isabella Pagano
  • Mikhail Sachkov
  • Alain Lecavelier des Étangs
  • Giampaolo Piotto
  • Rosa González
  • Boris Shustov
Conference paper
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings book series (ASSSP)

Summary

The World Space Observatory-Ultraviolet (WSO-UV) will provide access to the UV range during the next decade. The instrumentation on board will allow to carry out high resolution imaging, high sensitivity imaging, high resolution (R ~ 55000) spectroscopy and low resolution (R ~ 2500) long slit spectroscopy. In this contribution, we briefly outline some of the key science issues that WSO-UV will address during its lifetime. Among them, of special interest are: the study of galaxy formation and the intergalactic medium; the astronomical engines; the Milky Way formation and evolution, and the formation of the Solar System and the atmospheres of extrasolar planets.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ana I. Gómez de Castro
    • 1
  • Isabella Pagano
    • 2
  • Mikhail Sachkov
    • 3
  • Alain Lecavelier des Étangs
    • 4
  • Giampaolo Piotto
    • 5
  • Rosa González
    • 6
  • Boris Shustov
    • 3
  1. 1.Fac. de CC. MatemáticasUniversidad Complutense de MadridE-28040 MadridSpain
  2. 2.INAF - Osservatorio Astrofisico di CataniaItaly
  3. 3.Institute of Astronomy of the Russian Academy of ScienceRussia
  4. 4.Institute d’Astrophysique de ParisFrance
  5. 5.Dipartimento di AstronomíaUniversità di Padova Vicolo dell’OsservatorioItaly
  6. 6.Instituto de Astrofísica de AndaluciaSpain

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