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Past Colloquia

Massive Galaxy Growth since Cosmic Noon

Cody Hall

Stijn Wuyts (MPE)

February 24, 2014
14:00 - 15:00

The Hubble Space Telescope and integral-field spectrographs on the ground have offered us an unprecedented view of the internal physics within high-redshift galaxies.  Exploiting the powerful synergy between high-resolution imaging from CANDELS and spectroscopy from 3D-HST and SINS, I will present new insights on resolved…

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Looking through the Epoch of Reionization window with the Murchison Widefield Array

Cody Hall

Miguel Morales (Washington)

February 21, 2014
14:00 - 15:00

Measurement of the spatial distribution of neutral hydrogen via the redshifted 21 cm line promises to transform our knowledge of the Epoch of Reionization (EoR). In my talk I will give an accessible introduction to this new field, discuss how we plan to observe the…

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Dwarf Galaxies: The Nexus of Dark Matter and Chemical Evolution

Cody Hall

Evan Kirby (UC Irvine)

February 18, 2014
14:00 - 15:00

The Local Group’s dwarf galaxies are near enough for exquisitely detailed, resolved stellar spectroscopy and diverse enough to conduct experiments on dark matter and chemical evolution.  I have collected medium-resolution spectra for thousands of stars in many dwarf galaxies in the Local Group.  Innovative techniques…

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How to Build a Big Galaxy

Cody Hall

Adam Muzzin (Leiden)

February 12, 2014
14:00 - 15:00

The most massive galaxies in the universe are rare, but because of this, their formation history imposes some of the strongest constraints on our models of galaxy formation.  In the local universe, massive galaxies like M87 appear relatively dull, with elliptical morphologies, old stars, and…

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The E-Nova Project: A Multi-Wavelength Initiative to Probe Mass Ejection in Novae

Cody Hall

Laura Chomiuk (Michigan State U)

February 07, 2014
14:00 - 15:00

When imagining a nuclear explosion, we often picture strong, spherical shock waves, like a bomb or supernova; however, nature’s most common thermonuclear explosions look nothing like this, showing delayed and multiple phases of mass ejection that can last for months after the nuclear fuel is ignited. These…

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The chemo-dynamical structure of the Milky Way

Cody Hall

Jo Bovy (IAS)

February 03, 2014
14:00 - 15:00

Observations of the structure and dynamics of different stellar populations in the Milky Way’s disk provide a unique perspective on disk formation, evolution, and dynamics. I will review our current knowledge of the chemo-orbital structure of the disk and its implications for our understanding of…

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Baryonic physics in galaxy evolution as seen by the CALIFA survey

Cody Hall

Jakob Walcher (Potsdam)

January 31, 2014
14:00 - 15:00

Ironically, while the predictions on the dark side of the cosmological “concordance” model LambdaCDM are well understood theoretically, many open questions in cosmology and galaxy evolution revolve around the difficult physics of the luminous, baryonic matter. The Calar Alto Legacy Integral Field Area Survey (CALIFA)…

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Terrestrial Aftermath of Moon-forming Impact to Plate tectonics and habitability

Reichman Family Lecture Hall (ES1050)

Norman Sleep (Stanford)

January 24, 2014
14:00 - 15:00

Earth’s mantle was mostly molten after the Moon-forming impact. We assume that Earth had total CO2 and water inventories comparable to the modern ones. These volatiles entered the atmosphere, which soon became opaque and radiated at the runaway greenhouse threshold. The Moon caused strong Earth…

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Assessing the Role of Stellar Feedback from Small to Large Scales

Cody Hall

Laura Lopez (MIT)

January 22, 2014
14:00 - 15:00

Stellar feedback has a profound influence in many astrophysical phenomena, yet it is often cited as one of the biggest uncertainties in galaxy formation models today. This uncertainty stems from a dearth of observational constraints as well as the great dynamic range between the small…

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Galaxy Kinematics through Integral Field Spectroscopy

Cody Hall

David Law (Dunlap Institute)

January 15, 2014
14:00 - 15:00

In the young universe, galaxies were blobby conglomerations of stars whose irregular structures were products of their dynamically violent environments.  Over time, star formation in these systems declined as the gas fraction dropped, and galaxies evolved into the spiral and elliptical structures with which we…

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