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THE FORMATION and EVOLUTION OF GALAXIES

Objective



This programme will train 12 young postdoctoral workers in one of the most active areas of astrophysics using technical means ranging from forefront are seen when only a fraction as old as nearby systems. The evolution of instrumentation at major observatories to parallel supercomputers. About 30 the Universe can be studied directly through observation of such galaxies, and this has been a major motivation for the new generation of large PhD students will substantially expand their inter-European research experience through extended stays in partner laboratories.
ground-based telescopes as well as for satellite observatories like the Hubble Space Telescope and ISO. We propose a coherent programme to study distant galaxies at optical, infrared, and radio frequencies. This will be coupled to theoretical work on protogalactic collapse, on galaxy evolution, and on the interaction of galaxies with their environment. Our goal is to understand how galaxies formed and how the Universe has evolved over the last 90% of its history. We have already made major contributions to this field including: discovering the most distant known galaxies; proving that the galaxy population is strongly evolving; constructing the most sensitive available infrared spectrographs; developing both the current standard picture of galaxy formation and the best numerical techniques for simulating this process; developing the techniques now used universally to model stellar population evolution. Our programme is based on existing and productive collaborations, many funded under earlier EU programmes.

Coordinator

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V.
Address
Karl-schwarzschild-strasse 1
85748 Garching
Germany

Participants (4)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Address
Boulevard Arago 98 Bis
75014 Paris
LEIDEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
Address
2,Niels Bohrweg 2, Hygens Laboratory
2300 RA Leiden
Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova
Italy
Address
Vicolo Dell'osservatorio 5
35122 Padova
University of Cambridge
United Kingdom
Address
Madingley Road
CB3 0HA Cambridge