First Light in the Universe: Saas-Fee Advanced Course 36. Swiss Society for Astrophysics and Astronomy

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Springer, Nov 21, 2007 - Science - 371 pages

The exploration of the first billion years of the history of the Universe represents one of the great challenges of contemporary astrophysics. During this time, the first structures start to form the first stars, galaxies, and possibly also soon the first quasars. At the same time, light comes to the dark, neutral Universe. This book contains the worked out lectures given at the 36th Saas-Fee Advanced Course "First Light in the Universe" by three eminent scientists in the field.

 

Contents

Contents First Light A Loeb
1
Excavating the Universe for Clues About Its History
2
Background Cosmological Model
3
Nonlinear Growth
36
Fragmentation of the First Gaseous Objects to Stars
47
Supermassive Black Holes
72
Radiative Feedback from the First Sources of Light
82
Feedback from Galactic Outflows
102
Observational Signatures of First Stars
191
Blastwaves and Winds
203
Mechanical Feedbacks in Cosmology
210
Additional Feedback Processes
228
Early Cosmic Dust
236
The Intergalactic Medium
248
References
256
Observations of the High Redshift Universe R S Ellis
259

The Frontier of 21 cm Cosmology
113
Major Challenge for Future Theoretical Research
137
References
150
Cosmological Feedbacks from the First Stars A Ferrara 161
160
Star Formation in Primordial Gas
162
The Initial Mass Function
170
First Stars
180
Galaxies The Hubble Sequence
272
Cosmic Star Formation Histories
283
Witnessing the End of Cosmic Reionization
311
Lyman Alpha Emitters and Gravitational Lensing
330
Cosmic Infrared Background
344
References
359
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