Extreme Galaxies and their Extreme Environments
(Supervision: Prof. Francine Marleau)


Over the last decade, the field of galaxy formation has enjoyed enormous success observing and simulating the broad population of "normal" galaxies in the Universe. However, at the same time, multiple new and unexpected classes of "extreme" galaxies have been discovered. Although their origin remains a significant puzzle, they also provide a new way to probe galaxy formation. For example, the physical origin of the dark matter rich (and perhaps dark matter free?) Ultra-Diffuse Galaxies (UDGs) is still very much debated. For this project, the properties of ~100 newly identified UDGs will be studied in detail and tested against possible formation channels.


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