Overview of the project

Project leader: Binil Aryal, binil.aryal@uibk.ac.at
Project location: Nepal

Project description:
Because of the effective outcome of previous schools of astronomy, Government of Nepal has decided to provide regular support to the national school. The proposed school will be the third but very important step that will combine and extend both previous schools. In this school, participants (Ph.D. and masters’ thesis student) will learn the nature of simulations that has been used in the Astrophysics research in recent days.

Participants will use PYTHON to write program for SIMULATION using input parameters that will be taken from database. We plan to use SDSS (Sloan Dizitized Sky Survey) DR7-DR10 database of about 20 Supercluster galaxies (Liivamagi et al. 2012, A&A 539, A80; Aryal et al. 2013, MNRAS, 434, 1939) and find expected isotropic distribution curves by performing Monte Carlo simulation for the galaxy orientation study. We intend to publish this effort. Till date, no attempts has been made to study the preferred orientation of angular momentum vectors of SDSS Supercluster galaxies.

The objectives of NSAS are as follows:
(1) The purpose of this school teach problem identification skill (literature review) to the M.Sc. and Ph.D. students of Nepal.
(2) A method of problem solving procedure (simulation/computation) will be taught by using SDSS DR7-DR10 database of galaxies.
(3) A Monte Carlo Simulation will be performed in the school to find expected isotropic distributions concerning galaxy orientation.
(4) A database of 12 Superclusters (Liivamagi et al. 2012, A&A 539, A80) will be analysed in order to test nonrandom effects in the galaxy alignments.
(5) The purpose of this workshop is to bring together experienced as well as young Astrophysics M.Sc. and Ph.D. students of Nepal.

In this school we intend study extragalactic astrophysics concerning galaxy orientation and will interpret our simulations in the frame work of the different galaxy evolution models namely Hierarchy, Turbulence, and Pancake.

About the project leader:
Dr. Aryal is Professor & Head of the Central Department of Physics at Tribhuvan University. He did his postdoc at Innsbruck University in Austria and has organised several workshops and international conferences.