The Puzzle of Low Ionization Emission in Galaxies

An accurate knowledge of all phases of the instellar medium and physical processes are critical for understanding the triggering and cessation of star formation and galaxy evolution. Warm ionized gas can be detected with optical emission lines and have been studied for decades. However, there are two classes of widespread optical line-emitting regions for which the ionization mechanisms are still evading us 30 years after their discoveries: low ionization emission (LINER-like) in quiescent galaxies and the diffuse ionized gas (DIG) in star-forming galaxies. They may hold critical clues to the heating mechanisms of the ISM, and the evolution of ISM as star formation shuts down. I will discuss the progress we are making on these issues. Specifically, I will highlight some results on this topic based on the spatially-resolved spectroscopy data from the SDSS-IV MaNGA survey, which is an integral field spectroscopy survey of 10,000 nearby galaxies. I will also discuss the general science goals of the MaNGA, and aspects of the survey design and data products. 

Renbin Yan
Speaker Introduction: 

Renbin obtained his Bachelor degree in Physics at Peking University in 2001 and PhD degree in Astrophysics at University of California at Berkeley in 2007. He then worked as a postdoctoral scholar at University of Toronto and an assistant research scientist at New York University. In 2012, he joined the University of Kentucky as an Assistant Professor. He is an expert in utilizing spectroscopic galaxy surveys to study the stellar population, active galactic nuclei, and interstellar medium of external galaxies, and the environmental dependence of galaxy properties. He is the Survey Scientist for the SDSS-IV MaNGA survey, and also leads the MaNGA Stellar Library (MaStar) project. 

KIAA-PKU Auditorium
Yingjie Peng
Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm