College of Science

SEMINAR: Philip F. Hopkins [Caltech]

Making Galaxies on a Computer

Dec 4, 2014 10:50 AM to Dec 4, 2014 12:00 PM at Building 8, Room 241

Philip F. Hopkins

Galaxies and stars lie at the center of our understanding of the Universe -- but it turns out, we don't understand them very well at all. The Universe is surprisingly bad at making stars, and we, in turn, are surprisingly bad at predicting the properties of galaxies like our own Milky Way. I'll talk about how we simulate complicated, impossible-to-resolve systems like galaxies and stars on modern super-computers, and how a new generation of simulations has revolutionized this field in the last decade. We may be at the threshold of understanding why galaxies actually look the way they do, and in turn, how our own sun came to be.

10:50 a.m. Refreshments
11:00 a.m. Seminar

Building 8 - Room 241