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The formation of the first stars and galaxies

By Volker Bromm, Naoki Yoshida, Lars Hernquist and Christopher F. McKee


Observations made using large ground-based and space-borne telescopes have probed cosmic history all the way from the present-day to a time when the Universe was less than a tenth of its present age. Earlier on lies the remaining frontier, where the first stars, galaxies, and massive black holes formed. They fundamentally transformed the early Universe by endowing it with the first sources of light and chemical elements beyond the primordial hydrogen and helium produced in the Big Bang. The interplay of theory and upcoming observations promises to answer the key open questions in this emerging field.Comment: Review article, 27 pages, 5 figure

Topics: Astrophysics - Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics
Publisher: 'Springer Science and Business Media LLC'
Year: 2009
DOI identifier: 10.1038/nature07990
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