The infrared region of the spectrum is critical for probing the cool, dense interstellar medium from which stars and planetary systems form. In recent years, the enhanced capabilities of Spitzer, Herschel, SOFIA, and other missions have provided a wide range of exciting new results ranging from molecules observed in protostellar disks to the first galaxies observed in dust continuum and fine structure cooling lines. New and anticipated space missions, for example the James Webb Space Telescope and the Origins Space Telescope, will further enhance our observational capabilities. Maintaining and developing the existing multiplicity of observing platforms and new instrumentation are important considerations for future infrared astronomy.
This Infrared Science Interest Group (IR SIG) was originally constituted in 2002 and works with the COPAG Executive Committee and NASA Headquarters to collect community input on the long-term objectives of infrared astronomy and enhance the voice of IR astronomy within the broader astronomical community.
Subscribe to the
IR STIG News and Announcements Email List
Recently reconstituted as the Infrared Science and Technology Integration Group (IR STIG) following the Astro2020 Decadal, we have several ongoing activities to engage both these communities:
We invite participation from the community, particularly from early-career researchers and those from under represented backgrounds in astronomy. Please contact us for more information about our activities and mission, and how you can get involved.