Physics Colloquium - Spirals with Supercomputers: Have We Finally Got it Right?

Prof. Brad K. Gibson, Jeremiah Horrocks Institute UCLAN

Wednesday 19 October 2011, 1400-1530
Faraday Lecture Theatre

The presentation will be aimed at a general physics audience.

Undergraduates are especially encouraged to attend


The history of disk galaxy simulation is dotted with remarkable successes, tempered by frustrating impasses, including an inability to recover anything remotely similar to the Milky Way.

Recent advances suggest that we might have made a breakthrough by generating essentially bulgeless disks.

I will examine the evidence for this new-found optimism and identify where the shortcomings suggest we should be concentrating our future efforts.