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Astronomy Seminar

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Storrs Campus

Dr. Allison Kirkpatrick, Department of Astronomy, Yale University

Dusty Star Forming Galaxies in the Distant Universe

At z = 1 − 3, the formation of new stars is dominated by massive, dusty galaxies, whose far-IR emission indicates they contain colder dust than their counterparts in the local Universe. I explore the reasons for the evolving IR emission of similar galaxies over cosmic time using three samples of dusty galaxies. Despite similar infrared luminosities, z >0.5 dusty star forming galaxies have an order of magnitude higher dust masses and 5 K colder dust temperatures. The increase in dust mass is linked with an increase in the gas fractions of dusty star forming galaxies with redshift. I find that dusty star forming galaxies are predominantly located on the main sequence at z=1-2, and I explore whether an active galactic nucleus is linked with declining star formation in these galaxies. Finally, I make predictions for the demographics of dusty galaxies that we will be able to observe with the James Webb Space Telescope at z=1-2.


Prof. Whitaker

Physics Department (primary)

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