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From First Light to Reionization. The End of the Dark Ages. Wiley Series in Cosmology

  • ID: 2180254
  • March 2009
  • 230 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd

This up-to-date and concise account of a critical period of the early universe directly links the latest theories and experiments. Targeted at cosmological problems rather than specific methods, it begins with an introduction reviewing the early universe and looks at why reionization is important. The process of reionization analyzes simple analytical considerations and compares existing observations, while a further chapter describes some of the issues regarding the transition from Population III to Population II stars, as well as the constraints that can be derived from WMAP. Further chapters survey the latest numerical modeling and future perspectives for studying the dark ages using galaxies as probes.
Written by a scientist with much experience in both research and writing, this account is equally suitable for young researchers as well as master and PhD students.

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1. Introduction: Basic review of the early Universe
Why reionization is important, what do we expect about first light. Basics about growth of perturbations; basics about CMB

2. Reionization
Description of the process of reionization of the Universe; simple analytical considerations; comparison with existing observations

3. From Reionization to First Light
This chapter describes some of the issues regarding the transition from Population III to Population II stars as well as the constraints that can be derived from WMAP

4. First light Description of the formation of the first structures
This chapter describes the state of the art of the numerical modeling and also some analytical considerations

5. Probing the dark ages with galaxies
This chapter highlights future perspectives of studying the dark ages using galaxies as probes; it will discuss future 30m grounds based telescopes, WFC3, JWST

6. Probing the dark ages using backgrounds

Appendix: Relevant formulae and results

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