astro-ph coffee suggested papers for Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 03:00:00 PM

astro-ph coffee will be held at the date and time above in the PAB 3rd-floor reading room. Some suggested papers of interest are listed below.

26 Nov 2012

The hosts of luminous z~2 quasars evolve into today's massive elliptical galaxies. Current theories predict that the circum-galactic medium (CGM) of these massive, dark-matter halos (M~10^12.5 Msun) should be dominated by a T~10^7 K virialized plasma. We test this hypothesis with observations of 74 close-projected quasar pairs, using spectra of the background QSO to characterize the CGM of the foreground one. Surprisingly, our measurements reveal a cool (T~10^4 K), massive (M_CGM > 10^10 Msu...

21 Nov 2012

We present 1.3 millimeter ALMA Cycle 0 observations of the edge-on debris disk around the nearby, ~10 Myr-old, M-type star AU Mic. These observations obtain 0.6 arcsec (6 AU) resolution and reveal two distinct emission components: (1) the previously known dust belt that extends to a radius of 40 AU, and (2) a newly recognized central peak that remains unresolved. The cold dust belt of mass about 1 lunar mass is resolved in the radial direction with a rising emission profile that peaks sharply a... v0.91ijc based on the original Updated 2012/11/28 12:42:36

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