Interstellar Medium and Star Formation

Interstellar medium and star formation

The research concentrates on the properties of the interstellar medium and the process of star formation, both in the Milky Way and other galaxies.

The main topics include:

  • Physical and chemical properties of interstellar molecular clouds and the initial conditions for star formation by means of radio spectroscopy
  • Properties and composition of interstellar dust grains by observing continuum emission from dust
  • Measurement and modelling of the Extragalacic Background Light (EBL) in the optical and infrared
  • Numerical radiative transfer modelling of spectral lines and dust continuum emission in interstellar clouds
  • Numerical magnetohydrodynamical modelling of the physical properties of the molecular clouds

Planck and Herschel satellites (ESA)

The main instruments currently in use include:


Lauri Haikala, University researcher
Physicum D319
Infrared and radio observations, interstellar dark clouds and globules

Jorma Harju, University researcher
Physicum D312
Interstellar chemistry, molecular lines, studies of pre-stellar cores
Mika Juvela, University lecturer
Physicum D331a
Modelling of interstellar medium, Herschel and Planck satellite projects

Kalevi Mattila, Professor (emeritus)
Physicum A218
Orkari Miettinen, Postdoctoral researcher
Radio observations, high-mass star formation
Veli-Matti Pelkonen, postdoctoral researcher (FINCA)
Planck studies of interstellar medium, infrared observations
Contact information can be found here.