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The EAGLE project: Numerical modelling of the 'Evolution and Assembly of GaLaxies and their Environments'.

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  • UserRob Crain (Liverpool John Moores University)
  • ClockWednesday 02 December 2015, 14:30-15:30
  • HousePhysics West 117.

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I will briefly recap the motivation for, and progress towards, numerical modelling of the formation and evolution of the galaxy population – from cosmological initial conditions at early epochs through to the present day. I will introduce the EAGLE project (Schaye et al. 2015; Crain et al. 2015), a flagship program of such simulations recently conducted by the Virgo Consortium. These simulations represent a major development in the discipline, since they are the first to reproduce the key properties of the evolving galaxy population, and do so using energetically-feasible feedback mechanisms. I shall present a broad range of results from the first batch of EAGLE papers, concerning the evolution of galaxy (and black hole) masses, their luminosities and colours, their atomic and molecular gas content, and the structure of their host (dark matter + hot gas) haloes. Besides exploring these interesting astrophysical outcomes, I hope to convey some of the strengths and limitations of the current generation of numerical models.

This talk is part of the Astrophysics Seminars series.

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