Astronomy Colloquium - "Molecular Clouds in Extragalactic Environments"
(sign-up)Tony Wong, Associate Professor of Astronomy, U of I
|Event Contact:||Rebecca Bare
One of the key unknowns in our study of galaxy evolution is the puzzle of how the star formation rate is dictated by the physical state of the interstellar medium (ISM). In this talk I discuss how progress in characterizing molecular cloud populations in external galaxies has contributed to our understanding of star formation. I will focus on the nearest star-forming galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud, for which a fairly complete census of giant molecular clouds (GMCs) exists, and highlight the important role of ALMA observations in uncovering the internal structures of GMCs in different environments.
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