CANVAS Talk: Thurs. Oct. 28 noon PDT/3pm EDT – Dr. Nicole Drakos (UCSC)

Our monthly CANadian Virtual Astronomy Seminar (CANVAS) is this week,  on Thursday Oct. 28 at noon PDT/1pm CST/3pm EDT, for one hour (Zoom link at end of the post).  Our speaker is Dr. Nicole Drakos, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  She  is an expert on dark matter halo evolution.  Please join in and learn about some of the impressive astronomy research being carried out by postdocs in Canada and Canadian postdocs elsewhere in the world!

Bio: Dr. Nicole Drakos is an NSERC postdoctoral fellow in the Computational Astrophysics Research Group at the University of  California, Santa Cruz. She obtained her PhD from the University of  Waterloo in 2019, where she studied dark matter halo evolution. Her main research interests are using theoretical and computational models of structure formation to study cosmology and galaxy evolution.

Title: Dark Matter Halos from Small to Large

Abstract: In the theory of structure formation, early density  fluctuations in cold dark matter collapsed gravitationally to form  dark matter halos. Galaxies formed within this dark matter structure,  and visible matter traces the dark matter dominated gravitational  field. Simulations of structure formation are key to bridging gap  between this theoretical picture and the observable universe. In this  talk, I will discuss ways in which dark matter halos can be used to  study the universe, from dwarf galaxy to galaxy cluster scales.  Specifically, I will talk about (1) studying the nature of dark matter  through simulations of subhalo evolution (2) generating synthetic data  to design and interpret future galaxy surveys, and (3) constraining  the formation history of the universe with galaxy cluster properties.

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Topic: CANVAS talk
Time: Oct 28, 2021 01:00 PM Saskatchewan
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