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Lyman-alpha as an Astrophysical and Cosmological Tool

Saas-Fee Advanced Course 46. Swiss Society for Astrophysics and Astronomy

  • Mark Dijkstra
  • J. Xavier Prochaska
  • Masami Ouchi
  • Matthew Hayes
  • Anne Verhamme
  • Pierre North
  • Sebastiano Cantalupo
  • Hakim Atek
Book

Part of the Saas-Fee Advanced Course book series (SAASFEE, volume 46)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. J. Xavier Prochaska
    Pages 111-188
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 399-403

About this book

Introduction

The hydrogen Lyman-alpha line is of utmost importance to many fields of astrophysics. This UV line being conveniently redshifted with distance to the visible and even near infrared wavelength ranges, it is observable from the ground, and provides the main observational window on the formation and evolution of high redshift galaxies. Absorbing systems that would otherwise go unnoticed are revealed through the Lyman-alpha forest, Lyman-limit, and damped Lyman-alpha systems, tracing the distribution of baryonic matter on large scales, and its chemical enrichment.

We are living an exciting epoch with the advent of new instruments and facilities, on board of satellites and on the ground. Wide field and very sensitive integral field spectrographs are becoming available on the ground, such as MUSE at the ESO VLT. The giant E-ELT and TMT telescopes will foster a quantum leap in sensitivity and both spatial and spectroscopic resolution, to the point of being able, perhaps, to measure directly the acceleration of the Hubble flow. In space, the JWST will open new possibilities to study the Lyman-alpha emission of primordial galaxies in the near infrared. As long as the Hubble Space Telescope will remain available, the UV-restframe properties of nearby galaxies will be accessible to our knowledge. Therefore, this Saas-Fee course appears very timely and should meet the interest of many young researchers.

Keywords

resonance line transfer high-redshift galaxies Lyman-alpha forest galaxy formation galaxy evolution galaxy populations epoch of reionisation damped Lyman-alpha systems

Authors and affiliations

  • Mark Dijkstra
    • 1
  • J. Xavier Prochaska
    • 2
  • Masami Ouchi
    • 3
  • Matthew Hayes
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute of Theoretical AstrophysicsUniversity of OsloOsloNorway
  2. 2.Lick ObservatoryUniversity of California Observatories (UCO)Santa CruzUSA
  3. 3.Institute for Cosmic Ray Research (ICRR)University of TokyoKashiwaJapan
  4. 4.Department of AstronomyUniversity of StockholmStockholmSweden

Editors and affiliations

  • Anne Verhamme
    • 1
  • Pierre North
    • 2
  • Sebastiano Cantalupo
    • 3
  • Hakim Atek
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of AstronomyGeneva UniversityVersoix, GenevaSwitzerland
  2. 2.Laboratory of Astrophysics (LASTRO)Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)Versoix, GenevaSwitzerland
  3. 3.Institute for AstronomyETH ZürichZürichSwitzerland
  4. 4.Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris (IAP)ParisFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-59623-4
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-59622-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-59623-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1861-7980
  • Series Online ISSN 1861-8227
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