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October 23-27, 2011
Hualien, Taiwan 花蓮,台灣
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Meeting Announcement

Galaxy mergers play a vital role in the evolution of galaxies: building more massive galaxies, triggering starburst and AGN activity and transforming spiral galaxies into elliptical galaxies. At the same time accretion of dark matter and IGM gas are also significant to the cosmic evolution of the halos and galaxies within them.

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together observational and theoretical researchers in this field to synthesize recent results addressing major uncertainties : What are the frequencies and basic characteristics of mergers in different cosmic epochs? Are most of high-z extreme-starbursts and AGNs mergers, or are they galaxies with strong cold IGM gas accretion? Are nearly all elliptical galaxies formed through mergers? Do mergers and normal disc galaxies have different star-formation/gas-density relations (Kennicutt-Schmidt law) and stellar initial mass functions (IMF)? There have been major advances in both theory (higher resolution simulations with radiative transfer and modeling star formation, IGM accretion and nuclear accretion) and observations (constraining merger rates, star formation history and galaxy mass and luminosity distributions at high redshifts -- Spitzer, Akari and Herschel). This meeting seeks to integrate these many advances, identify major uncertainties and to set future directions (for example with ALMA and JWST) on high-z galaxy evolution.

Invited Speakers

  • Josh Barnes
  • Avishai Dekel
  • Pierre-Alain Duc
  • Carlos Frank
  • Phil Hopkins
  • Lihwai Lin
  • Jennifer Lotz
  • Matthew A. Malkan
  • Masami Ouchi
  • Dominik Riechers
  • Jacqueline van Gorkom
  • Kevin Xu

Organizing Committee

  • Nick Scoville (Co-Chair, Caltech, USA)
  • Wei-Hsin Sun (Co-Chair, NTU, Taiwan)
  • Pierre-Alain Duc (LAIM, France)
  • Carlos Frenk (Durham, UK)
  • Yu Gao (PMO, China)
  • Paul Ho (ASIAA, Taiwan)
  • Phil Hopkins (Berkeley, USA)
  • Lisa Kewley (Hawaii, USA)
  • David Koo (UCSC, USA)
  • Lihwai Lin (ASIAA, Taiwan)
  • David B. Sanders (Hawaii, USA)
  • Yoshi Taniguchi (Ehime Univ, Japan)
  • C. Kevin Xu (Caltech, USA)
  • Min Yun (UMass, USA)
  • Contact:
  • Wei-Hsin Sun (Chair, NTU, Taiwan)
  • Alfred Chen (NCKU, Taiwan)
  • Lin-Wen Chen (NTNU, Taiwan)
  • Yi-Wen Cheng (NTU, Taiwan)
  • Cindy Chiu (ASIAA, Taiwan)
  • Chorng-Yuan Hwang (NCU, Taiwan)
  • Ing-Guey Jiang (NTHU, Taiwan)
  • Lihwai Lin (ASIAA, Taiwan)
  • Suh-Lin Lin (ASIAA, Taiwan)
  • Wei-Hao Wang (ASIAA, Taiwan)