Wednesday, May 18, 2016
4:00 pm
Cahill, Hameetman Auditorium – Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics

Astronomy Colloquium

The Origins and Implications of Turbulence in Galaxies
Blakesley Burkhart, Harvard

Magnetic fields and turbulence are vital components in galactic processes, including cosmic ray transport, interstellar medium (ISM) structure formation and star formation. However turbulence is difficult to measure observationally and the role of simulations is vital for both testing theories of ISM turbulence and gauging
observational diagnostics via synthetic observations. In this talk I will discuss the origins of turbulence in galaxies, and its connection to the star formation process, both from the perspective of observations of star forming molecular clouds and also from numerical simulations of magnetized turbulence. I will also highlight how
turbulence can be measured in the ISM  and in the solar wind using new statistical tools.

Contact Althea E. Keith aek@astro.caltech.edu at 626-395-4973
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