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Maximizing Inference from Galaxy Observations
Presented by Peter Behroozi
University of Arizona

Thursday, February 1, 2018
11:00 A.M. in 169-336

I discuss new methods to combine multiple datasets to maximally constrain galaxy evolution and the galaxy—dark matter halo connection, and show how these methods have already changed our understanding of galaxy formation physics (including why galaxies stop forming stars). Basic extensions to the same techniques allow constraining internal galaxy processes, including coevolution between galaxies and supermassive black holes as well as time delays for supernova / GRB progenitors. Finally, I discuss how these methods will benefit from the enormous amount of upcoming data in widefield (HETDEX, LSST, Euclid, WFIRST) and targeted (JWST, GMT) observations, as well as ways they can benefit observers, including making predictions for future telescopes (especially JWST) and testing which of many possible targeted observations would best constrain galaxy formation physics.

JPL Contract: Eric Huff

SVCP Astrophysics

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