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Astro Seminar

The Baryon and Metal Cycles

Speaker: Celine Peroux (ESO)
Date: Tuesday 30 January 2024
Time: 16:00
Venue: N3.28/Zoom

These are incredibly exciting times for extra-galactic astrophysics; above all for studies of galaxy formation and growth of structure. New observatories and advanced simulations are revolutionising our understanding of the cycling of matter into, through, and out of galaxies. In this talk I will provide an overview of the normal matter in collapsed structures and their chemical make-up. I will introduce new calculations of the dust content of the Universe up to early times. I will review the physical properties of the multi-phase gas at the interface between the Intergalactic Medium and the galaxies themselves, the so-called Circum-Galactic Medium (CGM). Together, these results provide an increasingly accurate description of the baryon cycle which plays many crucial roles in transforming the bare pristine Universe left after the Big Bang into the rich and diverse Universe in which we live today.