CIERA hosts FIRE project workshop

On July 24-26, CIERA hosted a workshop for the FIRE (Feedback In Realistic Environments) galaxy formation simulation project. This workshop, organized by Prof. Claude-André Faucher-Giguère, brought together sixteen galaxy formation experts to Northwestern from leading institutions in the US, Canada, and Europe and catalyzed a number of new projects within the FIRE collaboration. The FIRE project is producing the first cosmological simulations that resolve the internal structure of individual galaxies — thus dramatically improving the predictive power of such simulations – and is a focus of our research here at Northwestern. The FIRE simulations are currently being used to study topics including the origin of heavy elements in the Universe, the effects of stellar processes on dark matter and gas in and around galaxies, and galaxy-black hole co-evolution.