ASTR 620: Galaxies
Projects will culminate in a ten minute oral presentation by each student on
a topic of your choosing. Please consult with me on your choice of topic;
once these are settled I will make up a schedule. Presentations will occur
at the end of the semseter (sometime in December).
Take a look at the lists below for topic ideas.
Another good way to get ideas is to scan the journals and preprint
Ideally, you should pick a paper, read and comprehend it and any
necessary references, and then present the result as if it were
your own work. Which I encourage you to make it, in part, by
utilizing the electronic data resources which are available.
We live at a time when an increasing amount of data is available
on-line, often from very large, homogeneous surveys. This will
impact the way in which science is, and can be, done. Becoming
familiar with the available resources, and mastering their use,
is an essential skill.
The semester project affords the opportunity for
you to use these electronic data resource
to investigate a topic of your choosing.
I encourage you to
do something with
the data available on-line, but it will suffice to have only a literature
component (i.e., a journal club-like report).
You will report your finding to the class in an oral presentation
ten minutes in duration.
Once you have settled on a topic, come discuss it with me.
Part of the assignment is to write an abstract to be distributed to your
classmates (about a week before the presentations)..
NED: The NASA
SDSS: The Sloan Digital Sky Survey
2Mass: The 2Mass
InfraRed Sky Survey - a variety of
extended source server
Lambda: Archive of mm-wave
(dust, synchrotron, & free-free emission in the Milky Way).
Includes data from WMAP & COBE.
Space Telescope Science Institute
- Deep Surveys:
HDF South |
- DSS: The
Digitized Palomar Sky Survey
- MAST: Multimission Archive at
Dark Matter Simulations
Examples of potential topics might be
These are just a few possibilities off the top of my head.
- The stellar mass of the universe (2Mass)
- The effects of a variable stellar IMF (Starburst99)
- Color variations within galaxies (2Mass, DSS)
- Color distribution of galaxies as a fcn of redshift (HDF,2dFGRS)
- Large scale structures traced by galaxies (2dFGRS, 2QZ, SDSS)
- High redshift galaxies (HDF et al.)
- Spectral classification of active galaxies (nearby galaxy spectra)
- Milky Way dust distribution (Lambda)
It is a big universe - the possibilities are endless!
Further ideas for topics
giant (Malin) galaxies
origin of S0 galaxies: ``nature'' versus ``nurture''
boxy bulge - stellar bar connection
Galactic reddening determinations: descendants of the cosec law
Optical depth of spiral galaxies and realistic dust distributions
phases of the ISM and their distribution in our Galaxy
the distribution of HI and CO gas in spiral galaxies
interacting galaxies in the local universe
globular clusters in external galaxies
formation of globular clusters
the Hipparcus satellite and our knowledge of Galactic structure and evolution
Milky Way Mass determinations
dynamics of the Local Group
the Magellanic stream and its significance for the total mass of the Milky Way
dynamics of the Local Supercluster
the Great Attractor
X-ray properties of clusters of galaxies
computer simulations of merging galaxies
computer simulations of the evolution of clusters of galaxies
numerical simulations of stellar systems: N-body, Fourier method, SPH, etc.
ultraluminous infrared galaxies: the starburst - quasar connection
mass determinations from gravitational lensing
Lyman alpha absorption line clouds
the HST key project on quasar hosts
the HST key project on the extragalactic distance scale
distance determinations: surface brightness fluctuations, globular clusters,
planetary nebulae, supernovae...
faint blue galaxies
the Hubble Deep Fields
the MACHO project
the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect and its applications for the extragalactic distance scale
the extragalactic X-ray background
the extragalactic far-infrared background
the global star formation history of the universe
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