Invitation to inaugural lecture

20 April 2011

Faculty of Science Inaugural Professorial Lecture Series 2010/2011.

Professor Maurizio Salaris
Stellar Archaeology: Decoding the fossil record of cosmic evolution

Date: Wednesday 18 May 2011
Time: 4.45 pm
Venue: Cherie Booth Lecture Theatre, Byrom Street 

Abstract of Lecture:

These are very exciting times for astrophysics. With a well tested framework to explain the evolution of the universe in place - the so-called hot Big Bang model - the big question to answer is how galaxies form and evolve.

A powerful way to unveil the processes that shape the evolution of galaxies is to decipher the information encoded in the light we receive from their stellar populations. Particularly important are the oldest stars that preserve the fossil record of the epoch of galaxy formation.

This lecture will focus on how the theory of stellar evolution enables us to decode this information and constrain galaxy formation models, and the future developments of this exciting field of research.

The lecture will last approximately 45 minutes and will be followed by refreshments.

If you would like to register for the lecture,  please email

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