Wednesday 29 May 2013(11am) Building Spiral Galaxies: 72 Years of Failure and Counting

Professor Brad Gibson - University of Central Lancashire

Physics, 4th floor 11:00-12:00

The history of disk galaxy simulation is dotted with remarkable successes, tempered by frustrating impasses, including an inability to recover anything remotely similar to the Milky Way. Recent advances suggest that we might have made a breakthrough by generating essentially bulgeless disks. I will examine the evidence for this new-found optimism and identify where the shortcomings suggest we should be concentrating our future efforts.

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