Tel Aviv University

Tel Aviv University
Physics Colloquium

Academic Year  2009 - 2010

The colloquium is held at Melamed Hall (Room 6) in the Shenkar Physics Building, every Sunday at 16:10. Light refreshments are served outside Melamed Hall at 15:50. 


December 20, 2009

Bahcall Memorial Lecture
"Formation of Massive Galaxies"

Prof. Jeremiah P. Ostriker
Dept. of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University

  The physics and sequence of events behind the formation of galaxies, the remarkable structures in which most of the stars in the universe reside, has remained a long-standing puzzle. Now that we have a quite definite cosmological model, providing us with a quantitative picture of how perturbations grew from very low amplitude fluctuations, we can perform the forward modeling of representative pieces of the universe using standard physical processes, to see how well our computer simulations match real, locally observed galaxies. Finally, we can employ large ground and space based telescopes to use the universe as a time machine directly observing the past history of our light-cone, and comparing with our computed evolutionary tracks. I will present the coherent and plausible picture that emerges and that leads naturally to the mass, size, scale and epoch of galaxy formation.  

Host: Prof. Dan Maoz, x8538
Fall 2009 Schedule

For more information or for directions to Melamed Hall please contact:
Chava Balson  03-6408636

To suggest potential speakers or register feedback contact: Ron Lifshitz  03-6405145, Ehud Nakar  03-6405385, or Nissan Itzhaki  03-6406490.

Sponsored by:   The Raymond and Beverly Sackler School of Physics & Astronomy, The Faculty of Exact Sciences, Tel Aviv University.