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Globular clusters as living fossils of the past of galaxies

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city: WIEN
postcode: 1010

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 Coordinator Country Austria [AT]
 Total cost 1˙999˙250 €
 EC max contribution 1˙999˙250 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-COG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-09-01   to  2022-08-31


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1    UNIVERSITAT WIEN AT (WIEN) coordinator 1˙542˙820.00


 Project objective

Globular clusters (GCs) are enigmatic objects that hide a wealth of information. They are the living fossils of the history of their native galaxies and the record keepers of the violent events that made them change their domicile. This proposal aims to mine GCs as living fossils of galaxy evolution to address fundamental questions in astrophysics: (1) Do satellite galaxies merge as predicted by the hierarchical build-up of galaxies? (2) Which are the seeds of supermassive black holes in the centres of galaxies? (3) How did star formation originate in the earliest phases of galaxy formation? To answer these questions, novel population-dependent dynamical modelling techniques are required, whose development the PI has led over the past years. This uniquely positions him to take full advantage of the emerging wealth of chemical and kinematical data on GCs.

Following the tidal disruption of satellite galaxies, their dense GCs, and maybe even their nuclei, are left as the most visible remnants in the main galaxy. The hierarchical build-up of their new host galaxy can thus be unearthed by recovering the GCs’ orbits. However, currently it is unclear which of the GCs are accretion survivors. Actually, the existence of a central intermediate mass black hole (IMBH) or of multiple stellar populations in GCs might tell which ones are accreted. At the same time, detection of IMBHs is important as they are predicted seeds for supermassive black holes in galaxies; while the multiple stellar populations in GCs are vital witnesses to the extreme modes of star formation in the early Universe. However, for every putative dynamical IMBH detection so far there is a corresponding non-detection; also the origin of multiple stellar populations in GCs still lacks any uncontrived explanation. The synergy of novel techniques and exquisite data proposed here promises a breakthrough in this emerging field of dynamical archeology with GCs as living fossils of the past of galaxies.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Vasily Belokurov, Alis J Deason, Denis Erkal, Sergey E Koposov, Julio A Carballo-Bello, Martin C Smith, Prashin Jethwa, Camila Navarrete
The Pisces Plume and the Magellanic wake
published pages: L47-L52, ISSN: 1745-3933, DOI: 10.1093/mnrasl/slz101
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters 488/1 2020-04-15
2019 Alina Boecker, Ryan Leaman, Glenn van de Ven, Mark A Norris, J Ted Mackereth, Robert A Crain
A galaxy’s accretion history unveiled from its integrated spectrum
published pages: , ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stz3077
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 2020-04-15
2019 Katja Fahrion, Iskren Georgiev, Michael Hilker, Mariya Lyubenova, Glenn van de Ven, Mayte Alfaro-Cuello, Enrico M. Corsini, Marc Sarzi, Richard M. McDermid, Tim de Zeeuw
Single metal-poor ultra compact dwarf galaxy at one kiloparsec distance from the low-mass elliptical galaxy FCC 47
published pages: A50, ISSN: 0004-6361, DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201834941
Astronomy & Astrophysics 625 2020-04-15
2019 Katja Fahrion, Mariya Lyubenova, Glenn van de Ven, Ryan Leaman, Michael Hilker, Ignacio Martín-Navarro, Ling Zhu, Mayte Alfaro-Cuello, Lodovico Coccato, Enrico M. Corsini, Jesús Falcón-Barroso, Enrichetta Iodice, Richard M. McDermid, Marc Sarzi, Tim de Zeeuw
Constraining nuclear star cluster formation using MUSE-AO observations of the early-type galaxy FCC 47
published pages: A92, ISSN: 0004-6361, DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201935832
Astronomy & Astrophysics 628 2020-04-15
2019 E. Iodice, M. Sarzi, A. Bittner, L. Coccato, L. Costantin, E. M. Corsini, G. van de Ven, P. T. de Zeeuw, J. Falcón-Barroso, D. A. Gadotti, M. Lyubenova, I. Martín-Navarro, R. M. McDermid, B. Nedelchev, F. Pinna, A. Pizzella, M. Spavone, S. Viaene
The Fornax3D project: Tracing the assembly history of the cluster from the kinematic and line-strength maps
published pages: A136, ISSN: 0004-6361, DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201935721
Astronomy & Astrophysics 627 2020-04-15
2019 Dandan Xu, Ling Zhu, Robert Grand, Volker Springel, Shude Mao, Glenn van de Ven, Shengdong Lu, Yougang Wang, Annalisa Pillepich, Shy Genel, Dylan Nelson, Vicente Rodriguez-Gomez, Rüdiger Pakmor, Rainer Weinberger, Federico Marinacci, Mark Vogelsberger, Paul Torrey, Jill Naiman, Lars Hernquist
A study of stellar orbit fractions: simulated IllustrisTNG galaxies compared to CALIFA observations
published pages: 842-854, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stz2164
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 489/1 2020-04-15
2019 E. Iodice, M. Spavone, M. Capaccioli, R. F. Peletier, G. van de Ven, N. R. Napolitano, M. Hilker, S. Mieske, R. Smith, A. Pasquali, L. Limatola, A. Grado, A. Venhola, M. Cantiello, M. Paolillo, J. Falcon-Barroso, R. D’Abrusco, P. Schipani
The Fornax Deep Survey with the VST
published pages: A1, ISSN: 0004-6361, DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201833741
Astronomy & Astrophysics 623 2020-04-15
2019 Nicolas Garavito-Camargo, Gurtina Besla, Chervin F. P. Laporte, Kathryn V. Johnston, Facundo A. Gómez, Laura L. Watkins
Hunting for the Dark Matter Wake Induced by the Large Magellanic Cloud
published pages: 51, ISSN: 1538-4357, DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/ab32eb
The Astrophysical Journal 884/1 2020-04-15
2019 I. Martín-Navarro, M. Lyubenova, G. van de Ven, J. Falcón-Barroso, L. Coccato, E. M. Corsini, D. A. Gadotti, E. Iodice, F. La Barbera, R. M. McDermid, F. Pinna, M. Sarzi, S. Viaene, P. T. de Zeeuw, L. Zhu
Fornax 3D project: a two-dimensional view of the stellar initial mass function in the massive lenticular galaxy FCC 167
published pages: A124, ISSN: 0004-6361, DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201935360
Astronomy & Astrophysics 626 2020-04-15
2019 F La Barbera, A Vazdekis, I Ferreras, A Pasquali, C Allende Prieto, I Martín-Navarro, D S Aguado, R R de Carvalho, S Rembold, J Falcón-Barroso, G van de Ven
IMF radial gradients in most massive early-type galaxies
published pages: 4090-4110, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stz2192
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 489/3 2020-04-15
2019 Mark A Norris, Glenn van de Ven, Sheila J Kannappan, Eva Schinnerer, Ryan Leaman
Is there a fundamental upper limit to the mass of a star cluster?
published pages: 5400-5408, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stz2096
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 488/4 2020-04-15
2019 Adriano Poci, Richard M McDermid, Ling Zhu, Glenn van de Ven
Combining stellar populations with orbit-superposition dynamical modelling: the formation history of the lenticular galaxy NGC 3115
published pages: 3776-3796, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stz1154
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 487/3 2020-04-15
2019 Aku Venhola, Reynier Peletier, Eija Laurikainen, Heikki Salo, Enrichetta Iodice, Steffen Mieske, Michael Hilker, Carolin Wittmann, Maurizio Paolillo, Michele Cantiello, Joachim Janz, Marilena Spavone, Raffaele D’Abrusco, Glenn van de Ven, Nicola Napolitano, Gijs Verdoes Kleijn, Massimo Capaccioli, Aniello Grado, Edwin Valentijn, Jesús Falcón-Barroso, Luca Limatola
The Fornax Deep Survey (FDS) with VST
published pages: A143, ISSN: 0004-6361, DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201935231
Astronomy & Astrophysics 625 2020-04-15
2019 Ryan Leaman, Francesca Fragkoudi, Miguel Querejeta, Gigi Y C Leung, Dimitri A Gadotti, Bernd Husemann, Jesus Falcón-Barroso, Patricia Sánchez-Blázquez, Glenn van de Ven, Taehyun Kim, Paula Coelho, Mariya Lyubenova, Adriana de Lorenzo-Cáceres, Marie Martig, Inma Martinez-Valpuesta, Justus Neumann, Isabel Pérez, Marja Seidel
Survival of molecular gas in a stellar feedback-driven outflow witnessed with the MUSE TIMER project and ALMA
published pages: 3904-3928, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stz1844
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 488/3 2020-04-15
2019 F. Pinna, J. Falcón-Barroso, M. Martig, L. Coccato, E. M. Corsini, P. T. de Zeeuw, D. A. Gadotti, E. Iodice, R. Leaman, M. Lyubenova, I. Martín-Navarro, L. Morelli, M. Sarzi, G. van de Ven, S. Viaene, R. M. McDermid
The Fornax 3D project: Thick disks in a cluster environment
published pages: A95, ISSN: 0004-6361, DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201935154
Astronomy & Astrophysics 625 2020-04-15
2019 Ivana Barišić, Arjen van der Wel, Josha van Houdt, Michael V. Maseda, Eric F. Bell, Rachel Bezanson, Yu-Yen Chang, Huub Röttgering, Glenn van de Ven, Po-Feng Wu
An Absence of Radio-loud Active Galactic Nuclei in Geometrically Flat Quiescent Galaxies: Implications for Maintenance-mode Feedback Models
published pages: L12, ISSN: 2041-8213, DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/ab03d5
The Astrophysical Journal 872/1 2019-10-08
2018 Aku Venhola, Reynier Peletier, Eija Laurikainen, Heikki Salo, Enrichetta Iodice, Steffen Mieske, Michael Hilker, Carolin Wittmann, Thorsten Lisker, Maurizio Paolillo, Michele Cantiello, Joachim Janz, Marilena Spavone, Raffaele D’Abrusco, Glennvande Ven, Nicola Napolitano, GijsVerdoes Kleijn, Natasha Maddox, Massimo Capaccioli, Aniello Grado, Edwin Valentijn, Jesús Falcón-Barroso, Luca Limatola
The Fornax Deep Survey with the VST
published pages: A165, ISSN: 0004-6361, DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201833933
Astronomy & Astrophysics 620 2019-10-08
2018 Ling Zhu, Glenn van de Ven, Remco van den Bosch, Hans-Walter Rix, Mariya Lyubenova, Jesús Falcón-Barroso, Marie Martig, Shude Mao, Dandan Xu, Yunpeng Jin, Aura Obreja, Robert J. J. Grand, Aaron A. Dutton, Andrea V. Macciò, Facundo A. Gómez, Jakob C. Walcher, Rubén García-Benito, Stefano Zibetti, Sebastian F. Sánchez
The stellar orbit distribution in present-day galaxies inferred from the CALIFA survey
published pages: 233-238, ISSN: 2397-3366, DOI: 10.1038/s41550-017-0348-1
Nature Astronomy 2/3 2019-10-08
2017 Ling Zhu, Remco van den Bosch, Glenn van de Ven, Mariya Lyubenova, Jesús Falcón-Barroso, Sharon E. Meidt, Marie Martig, Juntai Shen, Zhao-Yu Li, Akin Yildirim, C. Jakob Walcher, Sebastian F. Sanchez
Orbital decomposition of CALIFA spiral galaxies
published pages: 3000-3018, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stx2409
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 473/3 2019-10-08
2018 T. S. Li, J. D. Simon, A. B. Pace, G. Torrealba, K. Kuehn, A. Drlica-Wagner, K. Bechtol, A. K. Vivas, R. P. van der Marel, M. Wood, B. Yanny, V. Belokurov, P. Jethwa, D. B. Zucker, G. Lewis, R. Kron, D. L. Nidever, M. A. Sánchez-Conde, A. P. Ji, B. C. Conn, D. J. James, N. F. Martin, D. Martinez-Delgado, N. E. D. Noël
Ships Passing in the Night: Spectroscopic Analysis of Two Ultra-faint Satellites in the Constellation Carina
published pages: 145, ISSN: 1538-4357, DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aab666
The Astrophysical Journal 857/2 2019-06-11
2018 P Jethwa, G Torrealba, C Navarrete, J A Carballo-Bello, T de Boer, D Erkal, S E Koposov, S Duffau, D Geisler, M Catelan, V Belokurov
Discovery of a thin stellar stream in the SLAMS survey
published pages: 5342-5351, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/sty2226
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 480/4 2019-06-11
2018 Gadotti, D. A.; Sánchez-Blázquez, P.; Falcón-Barroso, J.; Husemann, B.; Seidel, M.; Leaman, R.; Leung, G.; van de Ven, G.; Querejeta, M.; Fragkoudi, F.; de Lorenzo-Cáceres, A. d.; Méndez-Abreu, J.; Pérez, I.; Kim, T.; Martinez-Valpuesta, I.; Coelho, P.; Donohoe-Keyes, C.; Martig, M.; Neumann, J.
Investigating the Formation and Evolution of Massive Disc Galaxies with the MUSE TIMER Project
published pages: p. 28-32, ISSN: , DOI: 10.18727/0722-6691/5095
The Messenger 09/2018, vol. 173 2019-06-11
2018 Sergey E Koposov, Matthew G Walker, Vasily Belokurov, Andrew R Casey, Alex Geringer-Sameth, Dougal Mackey, Gary Da Costa, Denis Erkal, Prashin Jethwa, Mario Mateo, Edward W Olszewski, John I Bailey
Snake in the Clouds: a new nearby dwarf galaxy in the Magellanic bridge*
published pages: 5343-5361, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/sty1772
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 479/4 2019-06-11
2019 Lilleengen, Sophia
Accreted Globular Clusters in External Galaxies: Why Adaptive Dynamics won’t work
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.11588/heidok.00026232
2018 G Torrealba, V Belokurov, S E Koposov, K Bechtol, A Drlica-Wagner, K A G Olsen, A K Vivas, B Yanny, P Jethwa, A R Walker, T S Li, S Allam, B C Conn, C Gallart, R A Gruendl, D J James, M D Johnson, K Kuehn, N Kuropatkin, N F Martin, D Martinez-Delgado, D L Nidever, N E D Noël, J D Simon, G S Stringfellow, D L Tucker
Discovery of two neighbouring satellites in the Carina constellation with MagLiteS
published pages: 5085-5097, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/sty170
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 475/4 2019-06-11

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