As Sherlock Holmes could have said:“It is easier to find something if you know what you are looking for.” (in Silver Blaze, 1892, by Conan Doyle). Below you will find a brief summary of the different working hypotheses that are guiding my research.
Compact groups of galaxies (CGs): CGs are the bricks from which large scale structures form; the power law of the primordial density fluctuations must have been steep (very few large structures formed), and it is flattening with time due to the dissipation of energy (and production of entropy) produced by the formation of these structures.
galaxies and AGN:
Relation of starbursts with galaxy formation: galaxies are the results of the cosmological process of structure formation by gravity; Most galaxies today (at low redshift) are still in construction, building a bulge and growing a supermassive black hole (SMBH) at their center.
-- Relation of starbursts with AGN: galaxies are thermodynamical processes dominated by the formation of a SMBH at their center; Tell me what SMBH grows at the center of a galaxy and I will tell you what kind of galaxy it is.
-- Chemical evolution: galaxies are thermodynamically open systems, loosing energy and matter (metals) in their environment through starbursts winds.
-- Narrow-line radio galaxies vs. broad line quasars, an evolution connection?
-- Low Luminosity AGN are evolving, dying QSO?
A connection between entanglement and non-causality: the source of entropy of black holes; Also an alternative to inflation explaining the thermalisation of the universe.
The role of entropy in the formation of structures: the irreversibility principle: the formation of structures by gravitational collapse is equivalent to a thermodynamical irreversible process.
- Exobiology: A definition of life based on interactions and entropy - a diagnostic diagram for exoplanets
- Epistemology - expelling metaphysics out of physics and mathematics: A theoretical framework for physics based on the genetic epistemolology of Jean Piaget: “Intelligence is the integration of the action of the subject on the object.”.
Below I show a model of how intelligence works, based on Piaget's epistemology (the diagram was adapted from the definition of the role of technology developed by Lucio Russo in his book: The Forgotten Revolution: How Science Was Born in 300 BC and Why it Had to Be Reborn, 2004, Springer)
Our knowledge of reality is not direct, because we know it only by interacting with it (action of the subject on the object). Reality (object) is not arbitrary (physical laws are not arbitrary), because the results of our actions on reality are not arbitraries. Our brain constructs (integration process) an image of reality which takes the form of a set of psychomotor patterns (ideas and concepts are patterns of actions). Logic and mathematics are the abstract forms that the connections between these psychomotor patterns take in the brain: through a trial-error process the best connections (most successful actions) are selected and consolidated. These connections also allow to expand our range of possible actions on reality (extending our “knowledge” of reality).
As a consequence, space and time are not separated objects, but one abstract form in our brain, space-time, outgrowing from our interactions with reality. Therefore, one can explain physics purely in terms of interactions (fundamentally, interactions between "particles", or, more objectively, events), revealing its true meaning.
The goal of intelligence is survival, not the metaphysic quest of determining what is reality. Knowledge is an adaptation process.The duty of scientists in our society (which is unfortunately not recognized, even by those who produce science) is for them to give the most adequate description of reality, identifying the most efficient actions, in order to improve our living conditions and our chances of survival. This goal includes not just humanity, but all life on Earth, because there is only one form of life on our planet.
- Bibliography -
Articles in preparation, submitted or recently accepted:
- What do the star formation histories of galaxies tell us about the Starburst-AGN connection?
Torres-Papaqui, J. P.,Coziol, R., Plauchu-Frayn, I., Andernach, H., Ortega-Minakata, R. A.
RMxAA, 49, 311 (arXiv:1308.1915)
- The star formation history and chemical evolution of star forming galaxies in the nearby universe
Torres-Papaqui, J. P.,Coziol, R., Ortega-Minakata, R. A., Neri-Larios, D. M.
2012, ApJ, 754, 144
- Evidence of Supermassive Black Holes in Narrow Emission Line Galaxies
Torres-Papaqui, J. P., Coziol, R., Andernach, H., Ortega-Minakata, R. A., Neri-Larios, D. M., Plauchu-Frayn, I.
2012, RMxAA, 48, 275
- What makes a galaxy radio-loud?
Ortega-Minakata, R. A., Torres-Papaqui, J. P, Andernach, H., Coziol, R., Islas-Islas, J. M., Plauchu-Frayn, I., Neri-Larios, D. M., Rojas-Granados, M. del C.
2012, The Spectral Energy Distribution of Galaxies, Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, IAU Symposium, Volume 284, p. 221-223
- The star formation histories of Hickson compact group galaxies
Plauchu-Frayn, I., Del Olmo, A., Coziol, R., Torres-Papaqui, J. P.
2012, A&A, 546, 48
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