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Characterizing properties of the interstellar medium to better understand how stars form in galaxies

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Project "eGALISM" data sheet

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Organization address
address: RUE LEBLANC 25
city: PARIS 15
postcode: 75015

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 Coordinator Country France [FR]
 Project website
 Total cost 173˙076 €
 EC max contribution 173˙076 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-02-01   to  2019-03-21


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 Project objective

The complex interplay between the interstellar medium (ISM) and the stars that it gives birth to is central to studies of galaxy evolution. The properties of the ISM, and especially its capacity to cool, determine when and where star formation occurs. Those properties are well-known in the Milky Way but not in external galaxies. Only recently has the extragalactic community dedicated effort to obtain very rich archives of the ISM tracers (dust, CO and now [CII]) from both space and ground based observatories, but we currently lack a detailed multi-wavelength and multiphase modeling that can exploit the data in a self-consistent way. The goal of this proposal is to characterize the ISM properties, physical conditions and structure, in nearby spiral and dwarf galaxies. For this, I will exploit the spectral and spatial information of those state-of-the-art observations, in particular from the Herschel, Spitzer and SOFIA telescopes, and build multiphase radiative transfer models to interpret the data and disentangle the main ISM phases present in those galaxies. I will analyze the effects of physical scales and of environment such as metallicity, SFR, AGN activity on the derived ISM properties in order to calibrate [CII] and CO as precise diagnostics of star formation. One of the main objectives is to better understand the physics and origin of the emission of [CII] in galaxies, as it is becoming a workhorse diagnostic in galaxies of the distant universe. This innovative project will be carried out at CEA (France) where it will be integrated in the existing expertise on the dust, Local Group and distant galaxies, and numerical simulations. This complementarity is essential to achieve the ambitious goals of this project and provides a unique opportunity for knowledge growth.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Molly J. Gallagher, Adam K. Leroy, Frank Bigiel, Diane Cormier, María J. Jiménez-Donaire, Annie Hughes, Jérôme Pety, Eva Schinnerer, Jiayi Sun, Antonio Usero, Dyas Utomo, Alberto Bolatto, Mélanie Chevance, Chris Faesi, Simon C. O. Glover, Amanda A. Kepley, J. M. Diederik Kruijssen, Mark R. Krumholz, Sharon E. Meidt, David S. Meier, Eric Murphy, Miguel Querejeta, Erik Rosolowsky, Toshiki Saito, Andreas Schruba
Do Spectroscopic Dense Gas Fractions Track Molecular Cloud Surface Densities?
published pages: L38, ISSN: 2041-8213, DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/aaf16a
The Astrophysical Journal 868/2 2019-06-11
2018 Molly J. Gallagher, Adam K. Leroy, Frank Bigiel, Diane Cormier, María J. Jiménez-Donaire, Eve Ostriker, Antonio Usero, Alberto D. Bolatto, Santiago García-Burillo, Annie Hughes, Amanda A. Kepley, Mark Krumholz, Sharon E. Meidt, David S. Meier, Eric J. Murphy, Jérôme Pety, Erik Rosolowsky, Eva Schinnerer, Andreas Schruba, Fabian Walter
Dense Gas, Dynamical Equilibrium Pressure, and Star Formation in Nearby Star-forming Galaxies
published pages: 90, ISSN: 1538-4357, DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aabad8
The Astrophysical Journal 858/2 2019-06-11
2019 F. L. Polles, S. C. Madden, V. Lebouteiller, D. Cormier, N. Abel, F. Galliano, S. Hony, O. Ł. Karczewski, M.-Y. Lee, M. Chevance, M. Galametz, S. Lianou
Modeling ionized gas in low-metallicity environments: the Local Group dwarf galaxy IC 10
published pages: A119, ISSN: 0004-6361, DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201833776
Astronomy & Astrophysics 622 2019-06-11
2018 D Cormier, F Bigiel, M J Jiménez-Donaire, A K Leroy, M Gallagher, A Usero, K Sandstrom, A Bolatto, A Hughes, C Kramer, M R Krumholz, D S Meier, E J Murphy, J Pety, E Rosolowsky, E Schinnerer, A Schruba, K Sliwa, F Walter
Full-disc 13CO(1–0) mapping across nearby galaxies of the EMPIRE survey and the CO-to-H2 conversion factor
published pages: 3909-3933, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/sty059
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 475/3 2019-06-11
2017 V. Lebouteiller, D. Péquignot, D. Cormier, S. Madden, M. W. Pakull, D. Kunth, F. Galliano, M. Chevance, S. R. Heap, M.-Y. Lee, F. L. Polles
Neutral gas heating by X-rays in primitive galaxies: Infrared observations of the blue compact dwarf I Zw 18 with Herschel
published pages: A45, ISSN: 0004-6361, DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201629675
Astronomy & Astrophysics 602 2019-06-11
2018 Francesco Valentino, Georgios E. Magdis, Emanuele Daddi, Daizhong Liu, Manuel Aravena, Frédéric Bournaud, Anna Cibinel, Diane Cormier, Mark E. Dickinson, Yu Gao, Shuowen Jin, Stéphanie Juneau, Jeyhan Kartaltepe, Min-Young Lee, Suzanne C. Madden, Annagrazia Puglisi, David Sanders, John Silverman
A Survey of Atomic Carbon [C i] in High-redshift Main-sequence Galaxies
published pages: 27, ISSN: 1538-4357, DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aaeb88
The Astrophysical Journal 869/1 2019-06-11
2018 A Zanella, E Daddi, G Magdis, T Diaz Santos, D Cormier, D Liu, A Cibinel, R Gobat, M Dickinson, M Sargent, G Popping, S C Madden, M Bethermin, T M Hughes, F Valentino, W Rujopakarn, M Pannella, F Bournaud, F Walter, T Wang, D Elbaz, R T Coogan
The [C ii] emission as a molecular gas mass tracer in galaxies at low and high redshifts
published pages: 1976-1999, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/sty2394
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 481/2 2019-06-11
2019 Suzanne C Madden, Diane Cormier
Dwarf Galaxies: Their Low Metallicity Interstellar Medium
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Dwarf Galaxies: From the Deep Universe to the Present 2019-06-11
2019 D. Cormier, N. P. Abel, S. Hony, V. Lebouteiller, S. C. Madden, F. L. Polles, F. Galliano, I. De Looze, M. Galametz, A. Lambert-Huyghe
The Herschel Dwarf Galaxy Survey: II. Physical conditions, origin of [CII] emission, and porosity of the multiphase low-metallicity ISM
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2018 F. F. S. van der Tak, S. C. Madden, P. Roelfsema, L. Armus, M. Baes, J. Bernard-Salas, A. Bolatto, S. Bontemps, C. Bot, C. M. Bradford, J. Braine, L. Ciesla, D. Clements, D. Cormier, J. A. Fernández-Ontiveros, F. Galliano, M. Giard, H. Gomez, E. González-Alfonso, F. Herpin, D. Johnstone, A. Jones, H. Kaneda, F. Kemper, V. Lebouteiller, I. De Looze, M. Matsuura, T. Nakagawa, T. Onaka, P. Pérez-González, R. Shipman, L. Spinoglio
Probing the Baryon Cycle of Galaxies with SPICA Mid- and Far-Infrared Observations
published pages: , ISSN: 1448-6083, DOI: 10.1017/pasa.2017.67
Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia 35 2019-06-11

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