Water in the interstellar medium of galaxies

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Abstract

Water is a key constituent of interstellar matter, with a great influence on the formation of stars, planets, and life.The rotational and vibrational transitions of H2O are useful tracers of physical and chemical conditions in a broad range of astrophysical objects.This talk reviews recent observations of water in Galactic interstellar clouds and star-forming regions, as well as nearby galaxies and distant starbursts and AGN.Results are presented from several Herschel key programs, and prospects are outlined for future observations with ALMA and beyond.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2256677
JournalIAU General Assembly
Volume22
Publication statusPublished - Aug-2015

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