Interstellar dust in Virgo Cluster elliptical galaxies

01 January 2010 → 31 December 2015
Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Astronomy and space sciences
interstellar matter infrared astronomy
Project description

Together with some 20 other intitutes, the UGent has initiated a project to map the Virgo Cluster, the most nearby galaxy cluster, at infrared and submm wavelengths in the frame of a Herschel Key programme. The goals of this project is to model existing and new data on some 100 elliptical galaxies in the Virgo Cluster with state-of-the-art Monte Carlo radiative transfer simulations. This will allow us to determine the mass, temperature distribution and spatial distribution of the interstellar dust and determine its origine and evolution.