Herschel Infrared Galactic Plane Survey

Hi-GAL Research Project Operational

Overview:

The Herschel infrared Galactic Plane Survey (Hi-GAL) is a Herschel  Open Time Key Project to map the inner Milky Way galaxy in 5 bands between 60 and 600 microns with diffraction limited spatial resolution.

Hi-GAL embodies the optimum combination of Herschel wavelength coverage, sensitivity, mapping strategy and speed to deliver, in a single and homogeneous dataset, a census og temperature, luminosity, mass and spectral energy distributions of star forming regions and cold ISM structures in all the environments of the Galactic ecosystem, at unprecedented resolutions, and at all scales from massive objects in protoclusters to the full spiral arm.

Hi-GAL was selected as an Open Time Key Programme for Herschel in cycle 1, with PI Sergio Molinari.

IPAC's role:

The US PI of Hi-GAL is IPAC scientist Alberto Noriega-Crespo. Other IPAC scientists (past and present) on the Hi-GAL team include: Babar Ali, Sean Carey, Nicolas Flagey, Steven Lord, Roberta Paladini, William Reach and Bernhard Schulz.

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