Episode 41: How to Train Your Galaxy

with Dr Rob Yates

We are joined by Dr Rob Yates who chats with us about how to recreate the formation of galaxies inside a supercomputer!

Rob is a research fellow working on the chemical evolution of galaxies at the University of Surrey, and formerly at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Germany.

He explains how he uses semi-analytic simulations to try and understand how various elements are created and dispersed around galaxies. This helps us to understand things like where the oxygen we breath came from and how gold and silver were created.

A simulated portion of the Universe. Robertson, B.E., Banerji, M., Brough, S. et al. Galaxy formation and evolution science in the era of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. Nat Rev Phys 1, 450–462 (2019).

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Related Links

Dr Rob Yates website: https://robyatesastro.wixsite.com/robyates