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Australian Human Resources Institute Diversity Awards 2013 Finalist

Jakob Walcher (AIP)


"Baryonic physics in galaxy evolution as seen by the CALIFA survey"

Abstract. 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) is designed to study the baryonic physics of nearby galaxies by providing integral field spectroscopic data cubes in the optical wavelength domain of 600 galaxies of all morphological types. I will present the survey, show the current status, describe the science potential and advertise recent science results. Science results to be shown address 1) characterization of the local galaxy population in terms of kinematics, ionized gas and stellar populations, 2) galaxy transformation from star forming to quiescent, 3) mass build-up of stars over the history of the universe, 4) the origin of the mass-metallicity relationship, 5) chemical evolution of early type galaxies.


Held in the AAO Large Meeting Room (Room 1, Ground Floor, Building 3) at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, 26 February 2013

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