The Formation and Evolution of
Exponential Disks in Galaxies
October 5 - 9, 2014
|Scientific Program||Travel and Lodging||Participants|
Exponential stellar disks are ubiquitous. The stars in both spiral and dwarf galaxies are generally found to be organized in exponential disks, even to very low surface densities and in both stellar dominated and gas dominated galactic environments. But why is this? The associated gas disks do not fall off with radius in the same manner. Furthermore, star formation is highly lumpy. How does lumpy star formation produce distributions of stars that fall off smoothly. And how are these profiles maintained over many Gyr?
In addition, abrupt breaks in the stellar surface brightness or density profiles are also common: the stars follow an exponential in the inner part of the galaxy and an exponential with a different slope in the outer galaxy. In spiral galaxies there seems to be a change in the stellar populations at the break, but in dwarf galaxies the break remains in the stellar mass density profile. So what happens at the break in these galaxies?
Here we bring together theorists and observers to discuss the formation of exponential disks and their evolution.
This workshop aims to address the following fundamental questions:
Confirmed Invited Speakers:
Roberto Abraham (Univ Toronto) Judit Bakos (Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias) Chris Brook (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid) Peter Erwin (MPE Garching) Ortwin Gerhard (MPE) Elizabeth McGrath (Colby College) Heikki Salo (Univ Oulu) Sabastian Sanchez (UNAM) Linda Tacconi (MPE) David Thilker (John Hopkins Univ) Stijn Wuyts (MPE) Rosemary Wyse (Johns Hopkins Univ)
Scientific Organizing Committee:
Bruce Elmegreen, Co-chair (IBM T. J. Watson Research Center) Eija Laurikainen, Co-chair (Univ of Oulu) Joss Bland-Hawthorn (Univ of Sydney) Peter Erwin (MPE Garching) Kambiz Fathi (Stockholm Univ) Annette Ferguson (Univ of Edinburgh) Ken Freeman (Australian National Univ) Philip Hopkins (CalTech) Deidre Hunter (Lowell Observatory) Roelof de Jong (Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam) Rok Roskar (Univ of Zurich) Heikki Salo (Univ of Oulu) Patricia Tissera (Universidad Andres Bello)
Local Organizing Committee:
Deidre Hunter Lowell Observatory 1400 W. Mars Hill Rd. Flagstaff AZ 86001 Telephone: +1-928-233-3225
For more information, contact Deidre Hunter dah at lowell.edu.
|March 1-May 1:||Pre-registration Opens|
|May 15:||SOC chooses talks and posters from pre-registrations|
|May 15:||Registration Opens|
|August 1:||Registration and Abstract Submission Deadline|
|September 5:||Last day to cancel registration and receive a full refund|
|September 5:||Last day for hotel reservation as part of the guaranteed block|
|October 5:||Reception and registration in Lowell Observatory, Giclas Lecture Hall, 5:30-7:30 PM|
|October 6 - 9:||Workshop sessions, Lowell Observatory, Giclas Lecture Hall|
|October 9, after lunch:||Workshop end|
The venue at Lowell Observatory is limited to 85 participants; this allows us to have a small, friendly meeting. Approximately 40 talks and 28 posters can be accommodated and these will be chosen by the SOC based on the titles and abstracts submitted at pre-registration.
All attendees will be expected to pre-pay when registration opens. The registration fee will be $412 (USD), and includes 4 catered lunches and 3 dinners. You will also have the option of adding companions to the reception, lunches, or dinners, including a discount for children, and you will have the opportunity to describe dietary restrictions.
Please submit an abstract when you pre-register on-line. The deadline for receipt of final abstracts is 1 August 2014.
Poster board space is 4 ft X 4 ft. The posters will be on double-sided
poster boards 8-ft long x 4-ft high. We have room for 28 posters.
They will be organized in a circle around the Rotunda, and on
the third day the posters boards will be flipped around. That way,
every poster gets a chance to be facing in towards the coffee/break table.
There will be no hardcopy proceedings.
However, we will publish on-line any
submissions in a suitable format: Powerpoint, Postscript, or PDF files.
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Image of NGC 891 taken with the LMI camera on the DCT, from Massey & Neugent