This is a talk held during the regular colloquium series (usually Tuesdays at 4pm).
Starbursts are a rare phenomenon in the present day universe, but they represent perhaps the most common mode under which stars form and galaxies grow during the z~1-2 peak of cosmic star formation activity.
Multi-messenger astronomy coupling gravitational waves and light was born with the detection of the first neutron star merger, GW170817.
I will review the method of atmospheric retrieval, which is a remote sensing technique borrowed from the Earth atmospheric and planetary sciences and generalised for the study of exoplanetary atmospheres.
Ionizing photons from massive stars produce emission lines that characterize the gaseous condition and evolution of galaxies.
In the last few years, our first glimpse of the spectral properties of z∼5−7 galaxies has emerged.
How a massive star ends its life depends upon how that life has been lived - the rotation, mass and composition it was born with, mass loss and exchange, and the complex convective and nuclear burning episodes it experienced along the way.
Precision tests of cosmology using gravitational waves will only be possible with improvements to detector sensitivity.
The properties of the Milky Way's satellite galaxies provide critical clues to how galaxies form. However, the number of Milky Way satellites and their properties do not fully agree with well-established cosmological models. The SAGA (Satellites Around Galactic Analogs) survey is a long-term prog