The Assembly of Disk Galaxies

Susan Kassin (STScI) - September 26, 2016 at 12:10 pm

One of the most important open issues in astronomy is the assembly of galactic disks. My group and I approach this subject from an observational perspective, tracing the kinematic evolution of star-forming galaxies since a redshift of 2, or over the last 10 billion years of the universe. I will discuss recent results that show the progressive (and mass-dependent) assembly of disk galaxies over this time period. These results strongly challenge the traditional analytic model of galaxy formation and provide an important benchmark for simulations.

The seminar will be held in 131A Campbell Hall.

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