The Galaxy-Halo Connection

March 13 - 18, 2016

As it independently probes both cosmic expansion history and the structure growth rate, the clustering of large-scale structure is a sensitive probe to cosmology. On comoving scales of tens of Mpc and larger, linear theory accurately describes the growth of structure. Large spectroscopic, imaging, and CMB surveys will cover volumes sufficient to probe this growth of structure and constrain cosmological models. However, a complete understanding of observational systematics is required to map observed clustering onto a fundamental cosmological model. On scales of Mpc to a few tens of Mpc, the development of non-linear perturbation theory and halo occupation models for clustering have begun to provide insight as to how dark matter haloes assemble their mass and to models of modified gravity and the neutrino mass. On yet smaller scales, the non-linear growth of dark matter fluctuations couples with baryonic physics to cloud our understanding of galaxy properties, galaxies in clusters, and the formation of quasars, often requiring sophisticated numerical simulations to interpret observations..

This conference will provide the opportunity for researchers in observation, theory, and numerical simulation to discuss the implications of clustering across all scales. The conference will provide a venue to compare the results of the latest simulations to analytic models and to the observed clustering of matter. Finally, the conference will provide direction for future efforts in the field of galaxy evolution and cosmology from the clustering of large-scale structure..

We therefore invite you to join us March 13-18, 2016, at the SnowPAC conference. The conference will be held at Snowbird Ski Resort in the spectacular Little Cottonwood Canyon outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. Over the course of the week, conference attendees will engage in discussion that draws the connection between galaxy evolution on the smallest scales and implications for constraints on cosmology on the largest scales.

Topics covered:

• Environmental effect on galaxy evolution
• Clusters of galaxies
• Small-scale clustering
• Numerical Simulations
• Perturbation theory and cosmology

Likely speakers:

To be announced.

Scientific Organizing Committee:

• Kyle S. Dawson (U. of Utah)
• Tiziana Di Matteo (Carnegie Mellon)
• Oleg Gnedin (U. of Michigan)
• Andrey Kravtsov (U. of Chicago
• Uros Seljak (LBNL, UC Berkeley)
• Frank van den Bosch (Yale)


Important Dates

Abstract Deadline:
December 15, 2015

Registration & Hotel Deadline:
January 13, 2016

Late Registration:
January 13, 2016 - March 12, 2016

Final Banquet Orders:
March 7, 2016

Meeting Events

Main Program / Browse Abstracts
Specific talks.

Poster Session
Poster Session will take place all week.
Presenting a poster? See the Format for Posters page.

Social Events

Opening Reception
19:45 - 21:00, Sun. March 13, 2016, at the Golden Cliff Ballroom.
Come meet fellow collaborators.

20:15 - 22:00, Thurs. March 17, 2016, at the Golden Cliff Ballroom.
201 James Fletcher Bldg | 115 S. 1400 E. | Salt Lake City, UT | 84112
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