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Event ID:  46480
Contact Name:  Departamento de Astronomia IAG-USP
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Contact Phone:  (11) 3091-4650
Organization:  Departamento de Astronomia IAG-USP
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Dates:  13th October 2021 to 13th October 2021
Physical Event:  No
Type:  Other
Start/End Type:  Both Starts and Ends During WSW
Country:  Brazil
Event Name:  Seminar: Nuclear discs in external galaxies and the Milky Way: building
Event Description:  "Nuclear discs in external galaxies and the Milky Way: building "bulges" without mergers" Dr. Dimitri Alexei Gadotti (European Southern Observatory (ESO)) Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 14:00 (BRT, UTC-3) Abstract: In this talk I will present two recent papers of the TIMER project with MUSE at the VLT. We have obtained high signal-to-noise and spatial resolution integral-field spectroscopy data of the inner few kpc of 21 nearby massive barred galaxies, allowing studies of the stellar kinematics and population properties with unprecedented spatial resolution. We establish the presence of nuclear discs in 19 galaxies and show that their kinematics and stellar populations are consistent with the bar-driven secular evolution picture for their formation. We also show that such nuclear discs are recovered as exponential, photometric "bulges" in careful, state-of-the-art image decompositions. Furthermore, we propose a scenario whereby such nuclear discs form from star formation in successively larger nuclear rings built by the bar. Finally, I put these observations in the context of recent results concerning the central region of our own Milky Way. Mini-bio: I obtained my PhD degree at IAG (University of São Paulo) in 2004 (supervisor: Ronaldo de Souza), after which I was a post-doc at LAM in Marseille and MPA in Garching. I've been working at ESO since 2009, first at the Paranal Observatory in Chile, and for the last 5 years at the Observing Programmes Office in Garching. Next year, I will be taking on a position of Assistant Professor at the University of Durham, in England.
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