University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Physics and Astronomy Calendar

Friday, August 12th 2016
11:00 am:
Untitled in PAN 110
Speaker: Xavier Prochaska, U of California Santa Cruz
Subject: Rise of the Giant Lya Nebulae

I will describe the discovery and analysis of giant (>100kpc)
Lya nebulae in the z~2 universe, found predominantly around luminous AGN. These phenomena reveal massive (~10^11 Msun) reservoirs of cool, enriched gas with kinematics suggestive of gravitationally infalling material and galactic-scale outflows. I’ll review the recent results and describe anticipated advances with the advent of optical IFUs on 10m-class telescopes.

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