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Unformatted text preview: Proceedings of the Fall 2007 Astronomy 233 Symposium on THE VIRGO CLUSTER: GALAXY EVOLUTION IN ACTION Jennifer Burt, Jessie DeGrado, Stephen Demjanenko, Jared Feldman, Samuel Johnson Stoever, Jae Hwan Kang, Min Kang, Kristen Lau, Sarah Tyree, and Ian Waters Astronomy 233* Department of Astronomy Cornell University M.P. Haynes, R. Giovanelli and C. Ferkinhoff Editors November 27, 2007 *Astronomy 233 is offered by the Cornell University Astronomy Department and the College of Arts and Sciences under the John S. Knight Institute Writing in the Majors Program. i Astronomy 233 The History of Structure in the Universe was taught during the fall semester of 2007 by Professors Riccardo Giovanelli and Martha Haynes with the always willing and able assistance of Astronomy graduate student Carl Ferkinhoff. Among the top- ics discussed in the course were the history of the early universe, the cosmic microwave background, evidence for dark energy and dark matter, the relationship between supermas- sive black holes, active galactic nuclei and their host galaxies, the formation of the first stars and galaxies, and the evolution of galaxies, clusters and superclusters through cosmic time. In addition to providing an overview of the development of structure in the universe, Astronomy 233 is intended to provide students interested in majoring or concentrating in astronomy with an introduction to current forefront topics in the field and also to expose them to aspects of a professional research career such as the current symposium. As part of our discussion of cosmic structure, we investigated how galaxy evolution is af- fected by environmental influences, especially in clusters of galaxies. The Virgo Cluster, the nearest rich cluster to our own Local Group of galaxies, serves as an intriguing laboratory for the study of the environmental mechanisms which drive galaxy evolution. In the context of this symposium, students were placed in the role of summarizing papers selected from the profesional literature pertaining to The Virgo Cluster: Galaxy Evolution in Action. The papers contained herein represent their original work, with minor editting mainly to conform to the style used in producing this volume. The students are asked to forgive us for modifications made in the editorial process. All of us wish to compliment the authors on their contributions, on their diligence and enthusiasm, and on their patience. . Martha P. Haynes Riccardo Giovanelli Carl Ferkinhoff Ithaca, New York 27 November 2007 Table of Contents Foreword i Diffuse Light in the Virgo Cluster Jared Feldman 1 The Metallicity Distribution of Intracluster Stars in Virgo Kristen Lau 4 On the Intracluster Globular Clusters of Virgo Samuel Johnson Stoever 8 Rotating Dwarf Elliptical Galaxies in Virgo: Remants of Dwarf Irregular Galaxies Ian Waters 12 Internal Properties and the Nature of Ultracompact Dwarf Galaxies Min Kang 16 VCC 2062 and the Case for Tidal Dwarf Galaxies in the Virgo Cluster...
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