The First Galaxies

Theoretical Predictions and Observational Clues

  • Tommy Wiklind
  • Bahram Mobasher
  • Volker Bromm

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 396)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. The First Sources of Light

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Abraham Loeb
      Pages 3-44
    3. Saleem Zaroubi
      Pages 45-101
    4. Simon Glover
      Pages 103-174
  3. The First Galaxies and Normal Stellar Populations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. James S. Dunlop
      Pages 223-292
    3. Zoltán Haiman
      Pages 293-341
  4. Tools & Techniques

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 343-343
    2. Massimo Stiavelli
      Pages 413-426
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 427-429

About this book


New observations of the period between the cosmic recombination and the end of reionization are posing intriguing questions about where the first generations of stars were formed, how the first galaxies were assembled, whether these galaxies have low redshift counterparts, and what role the early galaxies played in the reionization process. Combining the new observational data with theoretical models can shed new light on open issues regarding the star formation process, its role in the reionization of the Universe, and the metal enrichment in galaxies at those early epochs.

This volume brings together leading experts in the field to discuss our current level of understanding and what may come in the near future as our observational as well as theoretical tools improve. The book confronts the theory of how the first stars, black holes, and galaxies formed with current and planned observations. This synthesis is very timely, just ahead of the establishment of major new facilities, such as the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), a next-generation, millimeter/sub-millimeter observatory in the Atacama desert (ALMA), and ground-based Extremely Large Telescopes (ELT). Together, they will revolutionize the study of the most distant objects in the Universe.

This volume is aimed at beginning graduate students but can also serve as a reference work for active researchers in the field. Apart from presenting the fundamental concepts involved, it also provides an introduction to the methods and techniques used. The book will also be useful to anyone with an astrophysical background who needs an effective starting point for learning about the first stars and galaxies.


AGN co-evolution Cosmology Early universe First Galaxies First Stars Formation of the First Galaxies: Theory and Population III stars Reionization epoch Simulations Stellar Archaeology

Editors and affiliations

  • Tommy Wiklind
    • 1
  • Bahram Mobasher
    • 2
  • Volker Bromm
    • 3
  1. 1.Joint ALMA ObservatoryVitacura, SantiagoChile
  2. 2., Dept. of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of California, RiversideRiversideUSA
  3. 3., College of Nat. Sc., Dept. of AstronomyUniversity of Texas, AustinAustinUSA

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