Mergers in an Evolving Universe
Hualien, Taiwan, October 23—28, 2011
IDENTIKIT was originally developed as a fast approximate scheme for modeling the tidal morphology and kinematics of disk galaxy encounters and mergers. In this form, it was first used to implement an interactive modeling tool for galaxy collisions; tests with artificial data showed that the morphology and kinematics of merging galaxies strongly constrain their initial conditions. This tool is now being applied to real galaxies. More recently, IDENTIKIT has been used to develop a mapping from the present state of a tidal encounter back to the initial conditions; this offers a way to partly automate the search for dynamical models of galaxy encounters. Finally, IDENTIKIT's theoretical applications include a comprehensive way to evaluate the mass and extent of tidal features as functions of halo structure.
Joshua E. Barnes
(barnes at ifa.hawaii.edu)
4 June 2013