Grant Wilson

University of Massachusetts

Submillimeter Galaxies in the Age of LMT and ALMA

Massive starburst galaxies, also known as submillimeter galaxies, are some of the most luminous objects in the Universe and account for at least 30% of the millimeter-wavelength background radiation. Despite having been first discovered over a decade ago, progress on understanding the underlying physics behind their enormous energy output and how that relates to the overall context of galaxy evolution has been slow and, as of yet, unresolved. In this talk I will outline significant new strides towards characterizing this population made with the ensemble of 3 years of data from the AzTEC instrument - a modest 1mm continuum camera. I will then spend the second half of the talk describing the Large Millimeter Telescope - a 50m diameter millimeter-wavelength dish being commissioned this year - and how future observations with the LMT and, much later, with ALMA should allow us to understand the role played by submillimeter galaxies in the paradigm of galaxy formation and evolution.