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Dwarf Galaxies as Cosmological Probes

by Julio F. Navarro (University of Victoria, Canada)

Nov 06, 2014 from 02:00 PM to 03:30 PM

Where Seminars' room, floor -1, via Ranzani 1

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A prime challenge to our understanding of galaxy formation concerns the scarcity of dwarf galaxies compared with the numerous low-mass halos expected in the current LambdaCDM paradigm. This is usually accounted for by assuming that energetic feedback from evolving stars confines dwarf galaxy formation to relatively massive halos spanning a narrow mass range. I will highlight a number of observations that may be used to test this assumption and discuss the puzzles and challenges that arise from this analysis. I will also discuss a number of challenges that LambdaCDM faces on the scale of dwarf galaxies and their possible resolutions.