Description and Aim
The chemical enrichment of the intergalactic medium (IGM), which contains most
of the baryons in the universe, provides us with a fossil record of past star
formation and a unique laboratory to study physical processes that are crucial
for our understanding of galaxy formation and evolution.
of the IGM with metals also has profound consequences for the formation of
stars and galaxies through its effect on the radiative
Although substantial progress has been made in recent years, the enrichment of
the IGM remains poorly understood. The distribution and relative abundances of
intergalactic metals are still uncertain and it is unclear what the dominant
enrichment mechanism is and how it varies with redshift
and environment. Much observational and theoretical work remains to be done to
fully exploit the potential of intergalactic metals as a tool to constrain
models of galaxy formation and evolution.
This workshop will bring together
researchers working on:
- Models and observations
- The intracluster/group medium and the diffuse IGM
- The low- and
- Galactic winds and the IGM
The aim is to provide a stimulating environment to discuss the latest
observational and theoretical developments and the best ways forward.
The format of the workshop will include ample time for discussion. The Lorentz Center provides an ideal environment for
this workshop format, with meeting rooms and office space for participants.
Due to space restrictions the number of participants will unfortunately have to
be limited. Participants will be selected from amongst the registered
applicants and contacted shortly after the deadline. The deadline for registration is 22 February 2009. There will be no
registration fee. Limited funds are available to assist participants who lack