Speaker Name(s): Christine Wilson
Description: Much of the astronomical research of the next decade will focus on understanding the origins of planets, stars, galaxies, and even the universe itself. Millimetre-wave radio astronomy is a crucial tool in this quest for origins, because it allows us to probe into the cold, dark regions of space where many of these formation processes occur. This talk will illustrate the promise and potential of these techniques by examining spectacular galaxy collisions that have triggered intense bursts of star formation, as well as describing new results which shed light on how stars form in our own Milky Way Galaxy. In addition, the talk will describe how new facilities currently under construction, such as the Atacama Large Millimetre Array (ALMA), promise a revolution in our understanding of the origin of structure in the universe.