Lorentz Center - The Life and Death of Satellite Galaxies from 28 Apr 2015 through 1 May 2015
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    The Life and Death of Satellite Galaxies
    from 28 Apr 2015 through 1 May 2015


“The Life and Death of Satellite Galaxies”


Organizers: Alis Deason, Sean McGee, Adam Muzzin, Stephanie Tonnesen, Andrew Wetzel.



The workshop entitled “The Life and Death of Satellite Galaxies” ran at the Oort section of the Lorentz center from the 28th of April to 1st of May, 2015.  The aim of the workshop was to bring together observers and theorists who were working on all ranges of satellite galaxy evolution from nearby systems like the Milky Way and the Local Group, Virgo and Coma, all the way to the most distant clusters, groups, and protoclusters, to discuss a consistent framework of satellite galaxy evolution across the observable ranges in mass and redshift.  Ultimately, the goal of the workshop was to identify common connections between the physics of satellite galaxy evolution of different scales and epochs.


In total, 40 participants attended the meeting.  To make progress on these topics the workshop emphasized group-wide discussion sessions, review talks and targeted talks on specific recent progress. To begin the workshop, the organizers drew up a list of questions which would bring together the physics of satellite galaxies, and which could be relevant across all scales and redshifts. The workshop proceeded through each session, always followed by a discussion that focused on the insights gained on these main questions.


Despite the wide-range in scientific focus, the participants were engaged throughout.  Several areas of common connection and future avenues were identified. In particular, the gas content of satellite galaxies from current and future radio telescopes, the resolved stellar populations from future large optical telescopes and low surface brightness imaging are all regions where a common technique can be applied to the Local Group and higher redshift. Several collaborations to exploit these opportunities were formed.


We are very grateful to the Lorentz center for making this meeting possible.  The combination of focused sessions and the time and space for small group contemplation has surely added to our collective scientific knowledge.