On the Morphologies of Cool Circumgalactic Gas Flows: Insights from Absorption- and Emission-Line Tracers

Wed 14 Nov 2018

Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)
3700 San Martin Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218


2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Contact Information:

Have questions? Please contact Marc Rafelski.


Quasar absorption line experiments with HST have revealed the mass of diffuse gas in the halos of ~L* galaxies to be at least comparable to the baryonic mass of the galaxies’ disks. However, these studies provide limited information on the spatial distribution of this circumgalactic material, such that its relationship to the gas accretion and galactic winds that are thought to regulate star formation in the host galaxies remains poorly understood. I will discuss alternative approaches using spatially-resolved spectroscopy from the SDSS-IV/MaNGA survey and the Keck Cosmic Web Imager to demonstrate, e.g., that bipolar outflows occur with higher frequency closer to the nuclei of nearby star-forming galaxies; a surprisingly high incidence (but small cross section) of cool gas accretion onto these same systems; and that the incidence of both outflows and inflows increases with star formation rate. Such three-dimensional study will ultimately reveal the role of this massive, diffuse baryonic reservoir in feeding galaxy growth.

Speaker: Kate Rubin (San Diego State University)

Hosts: Marc Rafelski and Kate Rowland


All 2018 Fall Colloquia talks are held on Wednesdays in the STScI John N. Bahcall Auditorium at 3:00 p.m. preceded by tea at 2:45 p.m.

Please direct questions or comments to the contact above. The 2018-19 committee members are Jason Tumlinson (Chair), Alaina Henry, Lea Hagen, Ethan Vishniac (JHU Co-chair), Kevin Schlaufman (JHU), and Kate Rowlands (JHU).