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Escape of Lyman radiation from galactic labyrinths

11th September 2018 - 14th September 2018
Kolymbari, Crete, Greece


The genesis and escape of Lyman alpha and continuum radiation on galactic and sub-galactic scales is a result of a complex and subtle interplay between the dynamical constituents of evolving galaxies. Whereas the Lyman radiation produced by massive stars, AGN and shocks has been studied in detail, our knowledge on how Lyman photons, once they are produced, are reprocessed within a galaxy is woefully incomplete, especially when it comes to the mechanisms facilitating and regulating their escape into the galactic halo and beyond. On sub-galactic scales, the pathways of Lyman photons from young stellar clusters and HII regions into the ambient diffuse ionized gas, and their imprints on the physical properties of the multi-phase ISM are still obscure. On galactic scales, the scattering Odyssey of Lyman-alpha photons from their birthplace out to the galactic halo remains to be written. How feedback processes shape the 3D structure, chemical abundance patterns and kinematics of the gas along that route and what mechanisms regulate the escape of Lyman photons out of the galaxy labyrinth is an unsolved enigma. Similarly, how Lyman photon escape, and its evolution with time are related to the growth of galaxies and to various star-formation rate indicators remains a longstanding puzzle. The escape fraction of Lyman radiation along the co-evolution of AGN with their galaxy hosts and in different environments - from evolving HII regions all the way to galaxy mergers and massive early-type galaxies - are further examples of subjects with key astrophysical relevance where our knowledge is largely incomplete. A final question concerns how escaping Lyman radiation illuminates the cosmic web and may influence galaxy evolution over larger cosmic volumes? The meeting aims at bringing observers and theoreticians together towards a joint exploration of the Odyssey that Lyman radiation undergoes as it attempts to escape the galaxy labyrinth.

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