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BAA Meeting via Webinar

Date:
Wednesday, 2021, March 31 - 19:00 to 20:30

PLEASE NOTE DUE TO THE CONTINUED ISSUES WITH COVID - 19 WE ARE UNABLE TO HOLD THIS MEETING IN LONDON. IT WILL NOW BE A WEBINAR AND WILL BE ON YOUTUBE.

Click to join via Zoom: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/548739039

For anyone who does not wish to join via Zoom or is unable to install the software, then we will also be streaming the webinar on our BAA YouTube channel.

The Zoom meeting has a capacity of 100, and once this is reached Zoom will direct attendees to the BAA YouTube channel.

Programme:

19:00  BAA President - Welcome and notices

19:05  Prof Dimitra Rigopoulou, Oxford Lighthouses in the Universe: the tale of very luminous infrared galaxies

Summary: Discovered in the late ‘80s through images taken from the first ever satellite to map the sky at infrared wavelengths, luminous infrared galaxies are amongst the most efficient star-forming nurseries in the Universe. Their (relative) proximity offers scientists the unique opportunity to study `up close and personal’ how galaxies turn gas into stars producing some hundreds of thousands of sun-like stars in a year.

In this talk I will give an overview of what we know about these galaxies, how they turn their enormous gas reservoirs into stars and what will their fate be once they use up all their available fuel. I will also highlight some of the exciting science in the field that awaits to be uncovered with facilities that will come online in the next decade.

Short Bio

I grew up in Greece where I studied for my Bachelor’s Degree (BSc Hons) in Physics. In 1990, I moved to the UK where I obtained my Doctoral Degree (PhD) in Astrophysics from Queen Mary College, University of London. In 1995 I moved to Germany to take up a position at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching near Munich, working in the group of Prof. Reinhard Genzel (Nobel Laureate in Physics 2020).

I returned to the UK in 2003 to take up a position in Astrophysics at the University of Oxford first as a research lecturer and since 2014 as a Professor of Astrophysics. I am interested in galaxies and use mid and far-infrared spectroscopy for my studies. I also have an interest in space missions and astronomical instrumentation and have participated in a number of space missions from ESA and NASA.

20:00   Sky Notes presented by Owen Brazell

20:30   Close

Meetings Organiaser - Hazel Collett