Morning of Theoretical Physics Series 'Galaxy Dynamics'

20 Jan 2018 - 10:30am
Martin Wood Complex, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PU

Morning of Theoretical Physics - 'Galaxy Dynamics'

Who can fail to be impressed by the grand sweep of spiral arms across the face of a galaxy? Look deeper and galaxies also pose fascinating problems in non-equilibrium statistical mechanics. The dominant interparticle force (gravity) is long range, which means that galaxies have no state of maximum entropy. An important consequence is that they have long memories, which is good news for astronomers trying to understand how they form and evolve. The lectures will give a pedagogical introduction to some of the galaxy dynamics work being carried out at the Rudolf Peierls Centre.

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