CfA OIR Division Lunch Talks
Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 11:00 am, Pratt Conference Room

Probing the Gas Around Galaxies and Black Holes

Aleks Diamond-Stanic (CGE, UCSD)

Our understanding of galaxy evolution centers around questions of how gas gets into galaxies, how it participates in star formation and black hole growth, and how it is returned to its galactic surroundings via feedback. I will present observational results on the relationship between gas that forms stars and gas that accretes onto supermassive black holes, and the nature of feedback that is capable of removing gas from galaxies. These results have important implications for how radiation, momentum, and kinetic energy from stars and black holes regulate the cold gas supply in galaxies. I will also discuss prospects for characterizing the physical properties of gaseous outflows and inflows using existing and future facilities.

M82 image
Chandra/Hubble/Spitzer X-ray/Visible/Infrared Image of M82