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VIALACTEA - The Milky Way as a Star Formation Engine

Objective

"VIALACTEA will bring to a common forum the major new-generation surveys of the Galactic Plane from 1um to the radio, both in thermal continuum and in atomic and molecular lines, from Europe-funded space missions and ground-based facilities, to engage one of the fundamental challenges in Galactic astronomy: to quantify Galaxy-wide the relationship between the physical agents responsible for the onset and the regulation of star formation in a spiral galaxy and the resulting Rate and Efficiency of star formation, and obtain a ""star formation recipe"" that will be a cornerstone to trace the star formation history of galaxies back to their formation.
The new state-of-the-art Milky Way paradigm is offering today, for the first time, the possibility to deploy a coherent science analysis methodology that can be uniformly applied from the Galactic Center to the outskirts of the Galaxy. A homogeneous and inter-calibrated evolutionary classification of the cold and dense clumps hosting young forming clusters at a variety of evolutionary stages will allow to deliver a new 3D model of the Galaxy, mapping the essential critical parameters like column density thresholds, rate and efficiency of star formation in the Galaxy
To make such an analysis possible in a timely and effective fashion, we will develop a suite of next-generation 3D-visualization tools that will integrate visual analytics, on-the-fly handling of multi-SED radiative transfer modeling and data mining/machine-learning technologies to incorporate the astronomer's know-how into a set of supervised workflows with decision making capabilities.
The focus on research and analysis of data obtained from European space missions in combination with data from Europe-funded ground facilities, will enable time-effective exploitation of steradiant-scale multi-wavelength Galactic Plane surveys through new 3D-based visual analytics frameworks, making VIALACTEA's objectives timely and totally relevant for FP7-SPACE-2013-1."

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/galactic astronomy
  • /humanities/history and archaeology/history

Call for proposal

FP7-SPACE-2013-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI ASTROFISICA
Address
Viale Del Parco Mellini 84
00136 Roma
Italy
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 035 629,85
Administrative Contact
Pietro Ubertini (Dr)

Participants (8)

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 337 008
Address
Woodhouse Lane
LS2 9JT Leeds
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Martin Hamilton (Mr)
MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 199 849,40
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Munich
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Arnim Wolf
SZAMITASTECHNIKAI ES AUTOMATIZALASI KUTATOINTEZET
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 120 750
Address
Kende Utca 13-17
1111 Budapest
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Reka Makkos (Ms)
CARDIFF UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 212 230
Address
Newport Road 30-36
CF24 ODE Cardiff
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Rebecca Blackwell (Mrs)
UNIVERSITE D'AIX MARSEILLE
France
EU contribution
€ 311 284
Address
Boulevard Charles Livon 58
13284 Marseille
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Céline Damon (Ms)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 190 879,60
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Gaelle Bujan (Mrs)
KOKURITSU DAIGAKU HOJIN NAGOYA DAIGAKU
Japan
EU contribution
€ 40 480
Address
Furo Cho 1 Chikusa Ku
465 0043 Nagoya
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Yasuo Fukui (Prof)
THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 40 480
Address
The Queen's Drive Northcote House
EX4 4QJ Exeter
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gaynor Hughes (Ms)