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Paper   IPM / Astronomy / 14343
School of Astronomy
  Title:   Pulsating red giants and supergiants as probes of galaxy formation and evolution
1.  J.Th. van Loon
2.  A. Javadi
3.  H.G. Khosroshahi
4.  S. Rezaei
5.  R. Golshan
6.  M. Saberi
  Status:   Published
  Journal: IAU
  Year:  2015
  Supported by:  IPM
We have developed new techniques to use pulsating red giant and supergiants stars to reconstruct the star formation history of galaxies over cosmological time, as well as using them to map the dust production across their host galaxies. We describe the large programme on the Local Group spiral galaxy Triangulum (M33), which we have monitored at near-infrared wavelengths for several years using the United Kingdom InfraRed Telescope in Hawai'i. We outline the methodology and present the results for the central square kiloparsec (Javadi et al. 2011a,b, 2013) and - fresh from the press - the disc of M33 (Javadi et al. 2015, and in preparation). We also describe the results from our application of this new technique to other nearby galaxies: the Magellanic Clouds (published in Rezaei et al. 2014), the dwarf galaxies NGC 147 and 185 (Golshan et al. in preparation), and Centaurus A.

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