Formation and Evolution of Galaxies

S. C. Trager

Third Quarter Spring 2005

Prerequisites: "Sterrenstelsels" (galaxies), "Stellar Structure and Evolution", "Dynamics of Galaxies and Stellar Systems" and "Cosmology".  "Large Scale Structure of the Universe" is optional, but very helpful.  It has come to my attention that many (all?) of you have not taken the "Sterrenstelsels" course: please follow this link for required background reading.

Objectives: This course is meant to introduce the current "big picture" of galaxy formation and evolution and to expose students to the "big questions" still remaining (and there are many!)  by reading and discussing original articles and reviews (when available).  Each class member will lead one class after reading appropriate (assigned) materials, in consultation with lecturer.

Text: No required textbook; reading assignments to be given before each topic, consisting of original research articles.

Requirements: Leading class discussion (45%), written exam (45%), and class discussion (10%).  Occasional problem sets optional but highly recommended.


Date
Activity
Class leader
15 February
Introduction: the "big picture" and the "big questions"; discussion of syllabus, objectives, requirements, and organization
(Trager)
17 February
Observational overview: properties and populations of local and high-redshift galaxies (Trager)
18 February Review of galaxies: the Milky Way and stellar populations
(Trager)
22 February Review of galaxies: structure, scaling laws, and luminosity functions of galaxies
(Trager)
24 February
Timetable for structure formation; review of basic cosmology (Trager)
25 February Gravitational instability picture: the evolution of mass in the Universe
(Trager)
1 March
Dark matter in galaxies: galaxy mass profiles
Dark matter in galaxies: substructure
Alicia
Yang-Shyang
3 March
The first stars: models and observable impact
Supermassive black holes: formation and evolution (and feedback)
SMBH growth
Else
Celine
(Trager)
4 March Werkcollege (WC)

8 March
guest lecturer: Saleem Zaroubi
10 March
Feedback: the flow of gas, energy, and momentum in and out of galaxies
Semi-analytic galaxy formation models
Matthijs
Else
11 March
WC

15 March
The formation and evolution of dwarf galaxies: data and models
Damped Ly-alpha systems: observations and models
Johannes
Bruno
17 March
The evolution of massive galaxies: colors, magnitudes, star formation rates, stellar populations
High-redshift galaxies
Matteo
Elif
18 March
WC

22 March
Mergers
The evolution of morphologies
Ytsen
Celine
24 March
The formation and evolution of disk galaxies (Trager)
25 March
(no class: Good Friday)
29 March
The formation and evolution of early-type galaxies: data
The formation and evolution of early-type galaxies: models
Ytsen
Matthijs
31 March
Review of course: outstanding questions
(Trager)
1 April
WC