Colloquia Schedule Fall 2012

Colloquia are on Tuesdays (unless otherwise indicated) at 3:30 pm in RLM 15.216B

Sep. 4

"Finding and Characterizing the Sources of the Ionizing Background with Keck and HST"

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Brian Siana

University of California, Riverside

host: Steve Finkelstein

Sep. 11

1. "Investigating the Early Universe with Lyman-alpha Emission: Galactic Winds and Stellar Populations at z ~ 3.1"
2. "Two Can't Play That Game: The Perils of Planet Formation in Binary Environments"
3. "Magnetic Fields in the Milky Way"

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1. Emily McLinden, 2. Stefano Meschiari, and 3. Michael Pavel

University of Texas at Austin

host: Sarah Tuttle

Sep. 18

"Star Formation, Near and Far (y un anyo en Ame'rica del Sur)"

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Neal Evans

University of Texas at Austin

host: Steve Finkelstein

Sep. 25

"Measuring Galaxy Evolution from Modern Near-IR Surveys"

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Casey Papovich

Texas A&M University

host: Steve Finkelstein

Oct. 2

"Carbon Stars and Dust Production in the Local Group"

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Gregory C. Sloan

Cornell University

host: Harriet Dinerstein

Oct. 9

"Peering Through the EoR Window with the Murchison Widefield Array"

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Miguel F. Morales

University of Washington

host: Neal Evans

Oct. 16

"HETDEX Status"

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Karl Gebhardt & Gary Hill

University of Texas at Austin

host: Steve Finkelstein

Oct. 23

"Stellar Feedback and the Ecology of the Galactic ISM"

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John Bally

University of Colorado, Boulder

host: Keely Finkelstein

Oct. 30

"Obesity in the Universe: Why Did Early-Type Galaxies Grow in Size?"

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Richard Ellis

California Institute of Technology

host: Paul Shapiro

Nov. 6

"The Gaseos Environment of Distant Galaxies"

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Michele Fumagalli

University of California, Santa Cruz

host: Chris Sneden

Nov. 13

"Cassini-Huygens explores the Saturn System: Recent Discoveries and Science Highlights"

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Linda Spilker

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

host: Bill Cochran

Nov. 20

"Exploring Galactic Chemical and Dynamical Evolution: Pre and Post SDSS-III/APOGEE"

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Peter Frinchaboy

Texas Christian University

host: Chris Sneden

Nov. 27

"Understanding Galaxy Clusters, the Most Massive Objects in the Universe"

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Lindsay King

University of Texas, Dallas

host: Karl Gebhardt

Dec. 4

"Galaxy Formation: Physics and Numerics"

I will discuss recent progress and future directions in understanding of galaxy evolution based on cosmological hydrodynamic simulations. Galaxies are growing by accreting gas from their surroundings and merging with other galaxies and they return mass, energy and momentum into inter-stellar, circum-galactic and inter-galactic media. Theoretical modeling of these processes and understanding of galaxy formation is however still in early stages. Future progress will require significant advances in modeling of relevant physical processes both in form of accurate treatment of hydrodynamics and more realistic implementation of feedback processes. I will discuss recent progress in both of these areas.

New moving-mesh technique was recently successfully implemented in code AREPO, that combines strengths of previously used methods and avoids many of the weaknesses. We have used this code to simulate galaxy formation in a cosmological context and found that higher accuracy, when compared to standard implementation of smoothed particle hydrodynamics in code GADGET, leads to more extended gaseous disks of galaxies, more efficient cooling of hot gas in halos and enhanced heating of the filamentary infall close to galaxies.

At the same time new, more realistic, models of galactic outflows are developing rapidly. I will show some preliminary results from the new generation of models that produce large scale galactic outflow driven by the local feedback within ISM. These advances in cosmological simulations will naturally lead to more realistic predictions and improved understanding of connection between galaxies and their gaseous environment.

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Dusan Keres

University of California, San Diego

host: Karl Gebhardt

Dec. 10
Mon.

"Ultrahigh Energy Cosmic Rays, Pulsars, and Supernovae"

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Kumiko Kotera

Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris

host: Milos Milosavljevic

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