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Proposing Institution

Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (AIP)
Project Manager

Dr. Jenny Sorce
An der Sternwarte 16
14482 Potsdam
Galaxy clusters are the largest gravitationally bound objects that can be found in the Universe today. They have been largely studied from both observational and theoretical points of view. Even though they contain only a small percentage of the galaxies in the Universe, they are powerful probes to study Large Scale Structure, dark matter, galaxy formation and cosmology as a whole when associated with other probes. Among these objects, the Virgo cluster is the closest to us and as such has been studied and observed via multiple observational projects. Consequently, it can be compared in great details with simulations to understand better the role played by the environment on the formation of the cluster itself but also of its constituents: the galaxies. Ideal candidates for such a comparison are clusters in constrained simulations. High-resolution zoom-in hydrodynamical simulations of synthetic Virgos, extracted from constrained simulations, will deliver new insights into the formation history of our closest cluster neighbor.

Impressum, Conny Wendler