Starbursts Near and Far

Venue: Geological Society Lecture Theatre Burlington House, London W1
Organisers: Paul Crowther University of Sheffield
Rob Kennicutt University of Cambridge


Starbursts are episodes of intense star formation. Examples are known in dwarf, spiral and interacting galaxies locally plus high-z (>1) galaxies where such activity is believed to have been more common. Starbursts may have a significant impact on their host plus their local IGM. This Specialist Discussion meeting will draw together UK researchers interested in aspects of local starbursts ns high-z Lyman break and sub-mm galaxies. Rest-frame UV and optical spectroscopy of high-z star forming galaxies from large ground-based telescopes now enables similar techniques to be applied to their local counterparts, enabling a common emphasis on feedback processes, the duty cycle of starbursts and the role of dust and metallicity.

Scientific Programme

Time Speaker Title

Chair: Rob Kennicutt
10:00 - 10:30 Coffee
10:30 - 11:05 Chuck Steidel (CalTech) High redshift starbursts (Review)
11:05-11:25 Mark Swinbank (Durham) Spatially resolving star forming regions in high-z galaxies
11:25-11:45 Steve Eales (Cardiff) The Herschel perspective over the last 8 billion years
11:45-12:05 Scott Chapman (IoA Cambridge) Sub-mm view of high redshift starbursts
12:05-12:25 Guillermo Tenorio-Tagle (INAOE) On the positive star formation feedback condition in Scuba sources
12:25- 13:30 Lunch

Chair: Paul Crowther
13:30-14:05 Jarle Brinchmann (Leiden) The census of star-forming galaxies in the local Universe - from wimps to monsters (Review)
14:05-14:25 Duncan Farrah (Sussex) The link between starbursts and quasars
14:25-14:45 Brent Groves (Leiden) Starburst SED modeling near and far
14:45-15:05 Steven Bamford (Nottingham) Extreme compact starbursts at low-redshift
15:05-15:25 Mark Westmoquette (UCL) Super Star Cluster feedback from local to galaxy scales
15:25 - 16:00 Tea
16:00 - 18:00 RAS A&G (Ordinary) meeting Kevin Schawinski, Jessica Irving, Rob Kennicutt, Peter Smith

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Fees. Attendance is free for RAS members and £15 for non-members (£5 for PhD students although students may join the RAS for £1).