The current generation of radio, millimetre, and submillimetre telescopes (ALMA, eMERLIN, jVLA, MeerKAT, ASKAP) and the next generation (SKA, ngVLA) will have the capability to detect emission from star forming regions at much higher sensitivities than previous telescopes working in these bands. This opens up new possibilities for using star formation tracers including synchrotron emission, free-free emission, and higher order recombination line emission to measure star formation rates. As these tracers are unaffected by dust extinction and as many of the tracers are directly connected to young stellar populations, they could potentially yield more accurate star formation rates than what is measured using ultraviolet, optical, or infrared data.
The goal of this workshop is to bring together people who are exploring the ways to measure star formation rates in the radio, millimetre, and submillimetre bands. Topics of discussion will include the following:
Development of the theory and techniques for measuring star formation rates in the radio, millimetre, and submillimetre bands.
Application of these metrics to studying star formation in both normal and extreme star forming environments in the local universe.
Application of these metrics to studying star formation at high redshift.
Studies of the spectral energy distribution from radio to infrared bands with an emphasis on disentangling emission from synchrotron, free-free, and dust emission.
Separation of emission from AGN and emission from star formation activity.
Comparisons of radio, millimetre, and submillimetre star formation rates to rates measured in other bands.
Discussions on potential future technical developments that will aid in measuring star formation in these wavebands.