The Milky Way disk

At group meeting, Zolotov talked about her simulations of Milky-Way-like galaxies, and why feedback is required (in the simulations) to limit star-formation. In the afternoon, Bovy and I discussed different ways to formulate or code up the Oort problem, or the contemporary version of it, in which we try to understand disk vertical structure and (we hope) departures from axisymmetry. Also related, Foreman-Mackey and I got in touch with Larry Widrow (Queens), who suggested we all get together to start some projects of mutual interest on inferring gravitational potentials using observations of disk stars. All talk, because that is all there is time for during job season!

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