Galactic and Extragalactic Astronomy

Lecture for Master students  –  MVAstro3
Summer term 2016
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Priv.-Doz. Dr. Thorsten Lisker

Time and location:
Tuesdays 14:15-16:00
ARI Seminarraum (1st floor), Mönchhofstr. 12-14

Course content (short summary):
Galaxy formation; galaxy types over cosmic time; matter cycle and stellar populations; galaxy structure and internal dynamics; environments and their galaxy content; dwarf galaxies; active galaxies.
→ Table of contents and schedule

Knowledge of the introductory astronomy lectures (MVAstro0 or WPAstro).

M.Sc. Fayezeh Shabani
Tue 16:00-17:00
ARI Seminarraum (1st floor), Mönchhofstr. 12-14
First tutorial: May 3rd; last tutorial: July 19th.
50% of homework points are required for being allowed to take the exam.
We issue homework sheets on Moodle every Wednesday afternoon. They have to be submitted the following week by Thursday, 17:15, either online or personally to us. They will be discussed in the next tutorial after submission.
The first homework sheet (issued April 20) is a recap of important points you should know from the introductory astronomy lectures; it will not be graded, but will be discussed on May 3rd.

Written exam:
Wednesday July 27, 15:00-16:15, ARI Seminarraum (1st floor)
50% of homework points are required for being allowed to take the exam. 50% of points need to be achieved in the exam to pass the module MVAstro3 (given successful participation in the seminar).
No calculator and no other tools or resources are allowed. Just bring your pens. We will provide sufficient paper for you.

L.S. Sparke & J.S. Gallagher, III, "Galaxies in the Universe – An Introduction", 2007 (2nd ed.), Cambridge University Press
H. Mo, F. van den Bosch & S. White, "Galaxy Formation and Evolution", 2010, Cambridge University Press
J. Binney & M. Merrifield, "Galactic Astronomy", 1998, Princeton University Press

Regular astrophysics colloquia:
→ Heidelberg Joint Astronomical Colloquium
→ ITA colloquium
→ ARI colloquium
→ Königstuhl Colloquium

Seminar of MVAstro3 – "Galaxies and their environment":
We will have 4 seminar Thursdays, each one starting at 17:15: May 12, June 2, 16, 30
ARI Seminarraum (1st floor), Mönchhofstr. 12-14
Successful participation requires regular attendance, apart from preparing and giving your own talk. Absence without excuse will be put on record. You should aim at a duration of 30 minutes, i.e. you need to carefully select what to present. Your talk should also briefly motivate the general relevance of the topic, and should contain a conclusion with the most important point(s) - the "take-home message". Feel free to contact us for availability of our seminar rooms if you'd like to rehearse your talk there.
→ Seminar schedule


Lecture content and planned schedule:
Please note that this is a preliminary schedule, which is subject to changes depending on progress and organisational issues.
  • 01 Tue 19.4.: Lecture overview and organisation; Galaxy types over cosmic time
  • 02 Tue 26.4.: Structure formation & galaxy formation
  • 03 Tue 03.5.: Structure formation & galaxy formation (ctd.)
  • 04 Tue 10.5.: Ellipticals and star-forming galaxies
  • 05 Tue 17.5.: Matter cycle in galaxies
  • 06 Tue 24.5.: Stellar populations
  • 07 Tue 31.5.: Structural & kinematical components of galaxies
  • 08 Tue 07.6.: Fundamental relations of galaxy structure & internal dynamics
  • 09 Tue 14.6.: Galaxy types in parameter space
  • 10 Tue 21.6.: Environments
  • 11 Tue 28.6.: Dwarf galaxies
  • 12 Tue 05.7.: Dwarf galaxies (ctd.)
  • 13 Tue 12.7.: Supermassive black holes & active galaxies
  • 14 Tue 19.7.: Buffer for remaining content; wrap-up; questions & answers
  • Exam: Wednesday July 27, 15:00-16:15, ARI Seminarraum (1st floor)


Seminar schedule:

May 12:
The SAURON project - IX. A kinematic classification for early-type galaxies → Slides
A Stellar Mass Threshold for Quenching of Field Galaxies → Slides
Globular cluster systems as tracers of environmental effects on Virgo early-type dwarfs → Slides

June 2:
Color-Magnitude Relations of Early-type Dwarf Galaxies in the Virgo Cluster: An Ultraviolet Perspective / The properties of early-type galaxies in the Ursa Major cluster
Contribution of stripped nuclear clusters to globular cluster and ultracompact dwarf galaxy populations → Slides
Peculiar compact stellar systems in the Fornax cluster → Slides
On central black holes in ultra-compact dwarf galaxies

June 16:
A Population of Compact Elliptical Galaxies Detected with the Virtual Observatory / An isolated, compact early-type galaxy with a diffuse stellar component: merger origin? → Slides
Midlife Crises in Dwarf Galaxies in the NGC 5353/4 Group → Slides
The VPOS: a vast polar structure of satellite galaxies, globular clusters and streams around the Milky Way
Ultradiffuse galaxies: the high-spin tail of the abundant dwarf galaxy population / Galaxies at the Extremes: Ultra-diffuse Galaxies in the Virgo Cluster

June 30:
On the occurrence of galaxy harassment
The chosen few: the low-mass haloes that host faint galaxies
Evolution of dwarf galaxies: a dynamical perspective
The Genesis of the Milky Way's Thick Disk Via Stellar Migration

Additional topics, if needed:
7. Lelli et al. 2015, "Gas dynamics in tidal dwarf galaxies: Disc formation at z = 0"
10. Roediger et al. 2015, "Stripped Elliptical Galaxies as Probes of ICM Physics: I. Tails, Wakes, and Flow Patterns in and Around Stripped Ellipticals"
17. Laurikainen et al. 2014, Milky Way mass galaxies with X-shaped bulges are not rare in the local Universe


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