Springer Theses

Probing Galaxy Evolution by Unveiling the Structure of Massive Galaxies Across Cosmic Time and in Diverse Environments

Authors: Weinzirl, Tim

  • Presents award-winning thesis work with a foreword by supervisor Professor Shardha Jogee at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Addresses galaxy formation across cosmic time, from the present day to three billion years after the Big Bang, in environments ranging from low to extremely high galaxy number density
  • Describes state-of-the-art research on using galaxy structural parameters to deduce galaxy assembly history
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Awarded the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Rodger Doxsey Travel Prize, and with a foreword by thesis supervisor Professor Shardha Jogee at the University of Texas at Austin, this thesis discusses one of the primary outstanding problems in extragalactic astronomy: how galaxies form and evolve. Galaxies consist of two fundamental kinds of structure: rotationally supported disks and spheroidal/triaxial structures supported by random stellar motions. Understanding the balance between these galaxy components is vital to comprehending the relative importance of the different mechanisms (galaxy collisions, gas accretion and internal secular processes) that assemble and shape galaxies. Using panchromatic imaging from some of the largest and deepest space-based galaxy surveys, an empirical census of galaxy structure is made for galaxies at different cosmic epochs and in environments spanning low to extremely high galaxy number densities. An important result of this work is that disk structures are far more prevalent in massive galaxies than previously thought. The associated challenges raised for contemporary theoretical models of galaxy formation are discussed. The method of galaxy structural decomposition is treated thoroughly since it is relevant for future studies of galaxy structure using next-generation facilities, like the James Webb Space Telescope and the ground-based Giant Magellan Telescope with adaptive optics.

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After earning Bachelor of Science degrees in Physics and Astronomy at Drake University in Des Moines, IA, Dr. Tim Weinzirl came to the University of Texas at Austin to pursue graduate studies in Astronomy. While in graduate school, his research earned awards including the Rodger Doxsey Travel prize from the American Astronomical Society as well as the Outstanding Master's Thesis award from the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Weinzirl completed his PhD in Astronomy in August 2013.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Weinzirl, Timothy

    Pages 1-15

  • Probing the Structure and Assembly of Nearby Field Spirals

    Weinzirl, Timothy

    Pages 17-88

  • Exploring the Structure and Assembly of Galaxies at the Heart of the Coma Cluster

    Weinzirl, Timothy

    Pages 89-160

  • Structure and Assembly of the Most Massive Galaxies Present at z ∼ 2 − 3

    Weinzirl, Timothy

    Pages 161-221

  • Summary, Implications, and Future Work

    Weinzirl, Timothy

    Pages 223-236

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Probing Galaxy Evolution by Unveiling the Structure of Massive Galaxies Across Cosmic Time and in Diverse Environments
Authors
Series Title
Springer Theses
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-06959-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-06959-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-06958-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-37781-0
Series ISSN
2190-5053
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 236
Number of Illustrations and Tables
30 b/w illustrations, 43 illustrations in colour
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