Jeremy Scott (University of Lethbridge)
Over half of the energy emitted by the Universe appears in the relatively unexplored Far-Infrared (FIR) spectral region, which is virtually opaque from the ground and must be observed by space-borne instrumentation. The European Space Agency (ESA) Planck and Herschel Space Observatories, launched together on 14 May 2009, have both provided pioneering observations in this spectral range from star and planet formation to the intensity and polarization of the cosmic microwave background. Herschel and Planck completed observations in April and October of 2013, respectively. Although data analysis efforts within the instrument teams are ongoing, both have provided data and analysis tools to ESA public archives, with more software updates and data releases expected to continue into 2015 and 2016, including the much anticipated Planck polarisation data and results. Recent Planck and Herschel results are presented with a discussion of the development of, and Canadian participation in, the future of FIR astrophysics.
Locke Spencer (University of Lethbridge)