Andrea Maccio (MPIA)

MaGICC: Making Galaxies in a Cosmological Context
When Nov 16, 2012 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
What
  • Colloquium
Where SH, Lecture hall
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In a universe dominated by Cold Dark Matter (CDM) and a cosmological constant, galaxy formation and evolution is a complex combination of hierarchical  clustering, gas dissipation, merging events and secular evolution. Given the high non linearity of the problem, computer based numerical simulations  are now a day one of the most powerful tools to unveil the galaxy formation process.
In my talk I will first explain how cosmological numerical simulation are performed and I will review recent results in this field. I will then present the MaGICC project  (Making Galaxies in a Cosmological context)  a large simulation campaign we recently started at the MPIA in Heidelberg. Our model is very successful in reproducing several properties of observed (disc) galaxies, nevertheless several questions still remain to be answered before we can claim a  fully understanding of galaxy formation.