The Problem of Simulating the Formation of Thick Disks in a Cosmological Context
Alvaro Villalobos Cofre (Groningen)
One of the ultimate goals in astronomy is to understand
the formation of galaxies and in particular the formation of
their components: halo, thick disk, thin disk, bulge.
In this talk I will describe the project aimed to understand
the formation of one of these components: the thick disk.
This study is carried out using numerical simulations,
assuming that a thick disk is formed by a merger between
a pre-existing thin disk and a smaller satellite galaxy.
Since mid 80's a number of works have focused on this problem but
none of them have made their realizations within a fully consistent
cosmological context for masses, scales, orbital parameters, etc.,
which is the main intention in this study.