The Origin of Galaxies


Curiously, the structures and origins of galaxies remain one of the least understood areas of astronomy. Stellar structure and evolution are known very well, and so is the evolution of the Universe as a whole. Fortunately we can actually observe the process of galaxy evolution by looking into deep time using optical telescopes. Our ideas of this process have been up-ended in this decade by the Hubble Telescope views and by the new generation of ground-based telescopes. Karl will attempt to give some flavour to this story by telling his personal journey with colleagues through the early Universe. The story involves the Gemini Telescopes, Hubble, and a curious technique known as 'nod & shuffle'. Professor Glazebrook graduated with a PhD from the University of Edinburgh before working as a post-doc at the Universities of Durham and Cambridge. He first moved to Australia in 1995 as a staff astronomer at the Anglo-Australian Observatory in Sydney for 5 years, before spending 6 years as a Professor at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA (just over the road from the Space Telescope Science Institute). In 2006 he returned to Australia to become a Professor at Swinburne. Karl's research focuses on the evolution of galaxies and also on cosmology.

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