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CANCELED: Colloquium: Brian McNamara: AGN Feedback and the Origin of Molecular Clouds in Massive Galaxies


When: Friday, February 28, 2020
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Central

Where: Technological Institute, L211, 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Yassaman   (847) 491-7650

Group: Physics and Astronomy Colloquia

Category: Academic


The co-evolution massive, early-type galaxies and their nuclear black holes is apparently

regulated by feedback from active galactic nuclei.  X-ray observations have shown that 

over the past 5-7 Gyr, massive galaxy evolution has been governed primarily by radio jets 

and lobes.  The Atacama Large Millimeter Array has sharpened our understanding of the 

relationships between so-called radio-mode feedback and molecular cloud formation.  

Unlike spriral galaxies  where molecular gas lies in a disk in ordered motion about the 

center of the galaxy, molecular clouds in cluster centrals likely formed in the 

updrafts of rising radio bubbles.   Less is known about molecular gas in normal giant

ellipticals.  However, trends between the thermodynamic properties of their hot 

atmospheres suggest much of their molecular gas may have condensed from hot 

atmospheres themselves.

Seminar Speaker: Brian McNamara, University of Waterloo

 Host: Tchekhovskoy

Keywords: Physics, Astronomy, Seminar, Colloquium

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