BCCP Seminars

Friday, October 31

Location: LBNL,
50-5026, 12 p.m.
Speaker: Liang Dai, JHU
Title: “Conformal Fermi coordinates and the local universe formalism”Abstract: In an inhomogeneous Universe, the physical effect of long-wavelength perturbation on short distances should be such that short-wavelength perturbations effectively evolve in a modified homogeneous universe. We explicitly construct the so-called conformal Fermi normal coordinates (CFNC) through an expansion around the observer’s geodesic, which describe the local spacetime as a quasi-FRW metric and are valid at all times. The CFNC formalism demonstrates that the zeroth-order picture is that local expansion rate and spatial curvature are renormalized by long-wavelength perturbations, and the general condition for the spatial curvature to be a constant is derived. Beyond this “separate universe” picture, CFNC allows for systematic extraction of additional local effects from long-wavelength perturbations that cannot be attributed to a re-definition of the background FRW cosmology. The formalism can be useful in the studies of tracer bias, intrinsic alignment and gravitational-wave “fossil” effect.

Tuesday, November 4

Location: UCB, Hearst Field Annex B-1 – 1:10 pm
Speaker: Colin Slater, Michigan
Title: “Satellite quenching and the life cycle of dwarf galaxies”Abstract: In the past ten years the known population of Local Group dwarf galaxies has expanded substantially, both to greater distances from the Milky Way and to lower dwarf masses. This growing sample allows us to study the dwarf system as a population, and ask if we can see in aggregate the signs of processes that would otherwise be difficult to trace in dwarfs individually. Following this strategy I will discuss how the quenching of dwarf galaxies can be modeled and understood at the population-level, and how we use that to constrain how possible quenching mechanisms must work if they are to reproduce the Local Group system that we see. I will also discuss work done with Pan-STARRS to study the role of infalling satellites in disrupting the outer disk of the Milky Way and creating the so-called “Monoceros Ring”.