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Ordinary Meeting: "What's the Matter with Massive Galaxies?"

Friday 24th July 2015 - 8:00pm
Topic: What’s the Matter with Massive Galaxies?
Speaker:  Dr Richard McDermid, Macquarie University/AAO
Venue: Epping Creative Centre - 26 Stanley Road, Epping
Abstract:  Mass is a basic property of galaxies that is fundamental to understanding the ways in which galaxies form and evolve. However, accurate measurements of galaxy mass are complicated by the combined effects of dark matter, galaxy structure and stellar population uncertainties. The situation has recently improved thanks to new observational efforts to disentangle these components. Specifically, I will focus on recent results from the Atlas3D Survey: a multi-wavelength census of massive galaxies in the nearby universe.
Biography:Dr. Richard McDermid is a lecturer in astrophysics at Macquarie University, and holds a joint position with the Australian Astronomical Observatory. He obtained a doctorate in astronomy from Durham University in the United Kingdom, and has held postdoctoral fellowships at Leiden University in the Netherlands, and Gemini Observatory in Hawaii, before coming to Macquarie University. Richard’s field of research includes studying the evolution of galaxies, and measuring the properties of supermassive black holes, working with (and helping build instruments for) some of the largest telescopes on Earth.

Event Date: 
Friday, 24 July, 2015 - 20:00
Location: 
Epping Creative Centre, 26 Stanley Road, Epping NSW

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