Division H Interstellar Matter and Local Universe


The research covered by Division H centers around the study of the interstellar medium (ISM) and the stars in our Milky Way and in nearby galaxies (out to ~15 Mpc). The ISM and stars, the two major visible components of a galaxy, are coupled to each other through star formation, stellar feedback, and their gravitational potential. Topics range from detailed studies of the physics and chemistry of different components of the ISM (ionized, neutral, molecular), both locally and on galaxy-wide scales, to measurements of resolved stellar populations and star clusters in the Local Universe, and the dynamics of galaxies. The formation and evolution of atoms, molecules and dust during all phases of star formation and death are an integral part of ISM studies. On the smallest scales, the structure and composition of protoplanetary disks around pre-main sequence stars set the scene for planet formation theories.

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Division Members

  • Total number of active members: 3116
  • Number of junior members: 289

Participating Commissions

Commission H1 The Local Universe
Commission H2 Astrochemistry
Inter-Division G-H Commission Planetary Nebulae
Inter-Division G-H-J Commission Stellar Clusters
Inter-Division D-G-H-J Commission Galaxy Spectral Energy Distributions
Inter-Division B-H-J Commission Intergalactic Medium

Division Working Groups

Division H WG The Galactic Center

Monica Rubio

Universidad de Chile
Departamento de Astronomía
Casilla 36-D
Camino El Observatorio 1515
7591245 Santiago

Phone: +56 (2) 29771111
Organization website: http://www.das.uchile.cl/

NCA adherence: Chile

Last updated:
November 20, 2023

Claus Leitherer

Space Telescope Science Inst
3700 San Martin Dr
Baltimore MD 21218-2410
Maryland (MD)
United States

Phone: +1 410 338 4425
Personal website: http://www.stsci.edu/~claus/
Organization website: http://www.stsci.edu/resources/

NCA adherence: United States

Last updated:
November 20, 2023

Albert Zijlstra

University of Manchester
School of Physics & Astronomy
Oxford Road
Manchester M13 9PL
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 161 200 3925
Fax: +44 161 200 3669
Organization website: http://www.physics.manchester.ac.uk/

NCA adherence: United Kingdom

Last updated:
November 20, 2023

Leonardo Testi

ALMA Mater Studiorum - Universita'di Bologna
Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia

Organization website: https://www.unibo.it/sitoweb/leonardo.testi

NCA adherence: Italy

Last updated:
November 20, 2023

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