Galaxy Formation and Evolution

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Cambridge University Press, May 20, 2010 - Science - 820 pages
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The rapidly expanding field of galaxy formation lies at the interface between astronomy, particle physics, and cosmology. Covering diverse topics from these disciplines, all of which are needed to understand how galaxies form and evolve, this book is ideal for researchers entering the field. Individual chapters explore the evolution of the Universe as a whole and its particle and radiation content; linear and nonlinear growth of cosmic structure; processes affecting the gaseous and dark matter components of galaxies and their stellar populations; the formation of spiral and elliptical galaxies; central supermassive black holes and the activity associated with them; galaxy interactions; and the intergalactic medium. Emphasizing both observational and theoretical aspects, this book provides a coherent introduction for astronomers, cosmologists, and astroparticle physicists to the broad range of science underlying the formation and evolution of galaxies.
 

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Contents

Observational Facts
25
Cosmological Background
100
Cosmological Perturbations
162
Gravitational Collapse and Collisionless Dynamics
215
Probing the Cosmic Density Field
262
Formation and Structure of Dark Matter Halos
319
Formation and Evolution of Gaseous Halos
366
Star Formation in Galaxies
417
Elliptical Galaxies
574
Active Galaxies
618
Statistical Properties of the Galaxy Population
652
The Intergalactic Medium
689
A Basics of General Relativity
741
Newtonian Limit
747
Radiative Cooling
760
Hydrodynamical Simulations
770

Stellar Populations and Chemical Evolution
449
Disk Galaxies
495
Galaxy Interactions and Transformations
544
E Useful Numbers
776
Index
806
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Houjun Mo is Professor of Astrophysics atthe University of Massachusetts. He is known for his work on the formation and clustering of galaxies and their dark matter halos.
Frank van den Bosch is Assistant Professor at Yale University, and is known for his studies of the formation, dynamics, and clustering of galaxies.
Simon White is Director atthe Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching. He is one of the originators of the modern theory of galaxy formation and has received numerous international prizes and honors.

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