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Physics & Astronomy

Speaker: Mike Boylan-Kolchin
University of Texas at Austin

AU - NEAR FIELD COSMOLOGY: Big Science from Small Galaxies

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
12:00 PM  to 12:50 PM

227  Herman Brown Hall
Rice University
6100 Main St
Houston, Texas, USA

The local Universe provides a unique and powerful way to explore galaxy formation and cosmological physics. Through measurements of the abundances, kinematics, and chemical composition of nearby systems that can be studied in exquisite detail, we can learn about the initial spectrum of cosmological density fluctuations, galaxy formation, dark matter physics, and processes at cosmic dawn that might otherwise remain unobservable. I will summarize some of the new and surprising results in this rapidly-changing subject of "near-field cosmology" and discuss how these results are driving advances in both astronomy and particle physics.

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