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Herschel submillimeter continuum image the Milky Way galaxy in Vulpecula

NGC 6946 in the visible - a nearby "Grand Design" spiral galaxy

Visible image of a pair of colliding galaxies collectively called NGC 3256

Composite visible and infrared view of the colliding galaxies, NGC 4038/NGC 4039, which make up the "Antennae" system

NGC 4945 - A spiral galaxy, seen nearly edge-on, undergoing vigorous star formation activity



The Fred Young Submillimeter Telescope is specifically designed to measure the kinematic Sunyaev-Zel’dovich effect of galaxy clusters, to trace the appearance of the first population of star-forming galaxies through intensity mapping of their [CII] emission in the epoch of reionization, and to probe multiple spectral line tracers of the ISM over a range of environments in the Milky Way, Magellanic Clouds and other nearby galaxies. It will also be a next-generation Cosmic Microwave Background observatory.



  1. Tracing the epoch of reionization with CII intensity mapping
    Lead: Dominik Riechers (UKöln)
    Deputy Lead: Gordon Stacey (Cornell)
  2. Understanding galaxies and galaxy cluster formation via millimeter and submillimeter observations
    Lead: Nick Battaglia (Cornell)
    Deputy Lead: Kaustuv Basu (UBonn)
  3. Enhancing constraints on new particle species and cosmology with Rayleigh Scattering
    Lead: Daan Meerburg (UToronto)
    Deputy Lead: Joel Meyers (SMU)
  4. Measuring CMB foreground to aid the search for primordial gravitational waves
    Lead: Mike Niemack (Cornell)
    Deputy Lead: Steve Choi (Cornell)
  5. Tracing galaxy evolution from the first billion years to Cosmic Noon with the cosmic infrared background
    Co- Lead: Scott Chapman (UBritish Columbia)
    Co-Lead: Manuel Aravena (UDiego Portales)
    Deputy Lead: Thomas Nikola (Cornell)
  6. The star formation-ISM cycle in local galaxies with high spectral resolution submillimeter observations
    Lead: Robert Simon (U.Köln)
    Co-Deputy Lead: Frank Bigiel (UBonn)
    Co-Deputy Lead: Amelia Stutz (UConcepción)
  7. A new submillimeter window into time domain astrophysics
    Co-Lead: Doug Johnstone (NRC-CNRC)
    Co-Lead: Anna Ho (Cornell)
    Deputy Lead: Greg Sivakoff (UAlberta)
  8. Magnetic fields and broadband galactic polarization science
    Lead: Laura Fissell (Queens U)
    Clark: Susan Clark (Stanford)