ASTRONOMY 3303     GALAXIES ACROSS COSMIC TIME         FALL 2017

MW 2:55 - 4:10pm         SSB 301

Prof. Dominik Riechers 220 Space Sci 255-3989 Office hours: R11-12; MW after class; other times by appointment
Prof. Martha Haynes 530 Space Sci 255-0610 Office hours: TR 1-2; other times by appointment

Syllabus Tentative schedule

Astro 3303 provides an overview of our current understanding of how galaxies have evolved over the last 13+ billion years and how their evolution has been influenced by their local intergalactic environment. We will look at the evidence that links supermassive black holes, gas accretion and merger events to galaxy evolution and tracks the star formation rate from early to current epochs. Additional topics will include the formation and distribution of clusters and groups of galaxies, the evidence for dark matter and how galaxy evolution fits into the framework of current cosmological models. Emphasis will be on understanding current and future observations of galaxies, clusters and the dark matter halos they inhabit.

Class assignments will make use of current public databases like ALFALFA and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. We will also examine the possibilities for the exploration of galaxies across cosmic time with future facilities like JWST, ALMA, LSST, and CCAT-prime, the Cornell-led project with which both of us are involved and are very excited about! You can read about it here.


Useful links Interesting reads related to class discussions


Last updated on Fri Aug 11 2017 by martha (but don't always believe this date...)