The Unintended Humour of the Universe
Scientific research is not only fun but also funny. In this end of the year talk, Tiantian Yuan explains how the universe makes us laugh and think.

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Presenter: Dr Tiantian Yuan
Date: Friday 29 November 2019
Time: 7.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. (Note - later starting time.)
Venue: Swinburne University, Building ATC, Lecture Theatre ATC101 (Enter from Burwood Road)

Tiantian Yuan is an Astro 3D Fellow at Swinburne University's Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing.
Her research goals include understanding how galaxies like our own Milky Way assembled and evolved from young galaxies in the early universe. Her research takes up the challenge of directly resolving high-redshift galaxies to the finest spatial scale.

Her current ASTRO 3D project at Swinburne focuses on when and how spiral arms formed in the early universe. The formation of spiral arms is part of the unsolved puzzle of the origin of the Hubble sequence. Despite early successes in the 1960s-70s, the necessary and sufficient conditions of spiral arm formation are still unknown. Breakthroughs can come from observations of high-redshift galaxies, when spiral arms are in their earliest stage of formation.

Tiantian obtained her PhD from the University of Hawa'ii, and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the ANU before coming to Swinburne in 2017.
A Spiral Galaxy
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