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Science from Large Galaxy Surveys with Maritza Lara-Lopez, Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO)

Friday 13 May 2011 - 8:00pm
Topic: Science from Large Galaxy Surveys
Speaker: Maritza Lara-Lopez, Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO)
Venue: Epping Creative Centre - 26 Stanley Road, Epping
Abstract: During this talk I will give a general overview of the science that can be done with large data samples of galaxies, such as the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) and the Galaxy and Mass Assembly (GAMA) survey, which have the photometry and spectra for more than 900 000 and 170 000 galaxies, respectively. Specifically, I am going to focus on the gas metallicity of galaxies, explaining the different methods to estimate it, and the relationship between the Mass and Metallicity of star forming galaxies. Since the metallicity of galaxies changes with the environment, I will show also some result of the Mass-Metallicity relation in galaxy pairs, and in galaxy clusters.
Biography: I obtained my degree in physics from the "Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla (BUAP)", Mexico in 2005; my PhD from the "Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC)", Tenerife, Spain in September 2010, the title of my thesis was: Evolution of fundamental parameters of emission lines galaxies, under the supervision of Drs. Jordi Cepa and Angel Bongiovanni. Also, I obtained a prize for the best Science PhD thesis. I obtained a Science Fellow from November 2010 to June 2011 to work on evolution of galaxies with Dr. Andrew Hopkins and the GAMA team at the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO), and finally, I obtained a 3-years Super Science Fellow starting from July 2011 at the AAO.


Event Date: 
Friday, 13 May, 2011 - 20:00

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