The Cold Universe

Saas-Fee Advanced Course 32 2002 Swiss Society for Astrophysics and Astronomy

  • Andrew W. Blain
  • Françoise Combes
  • Bruce T. Draine
  • Daniel Pfenniger
  • Yves Revaz

Part of the Saas-Fee Advanced Courses book series (SAASFEE, volume 32)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Françoise Combes
    Pages 105-212
  3. Bruce T. Draine
    Pages 213-304
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 305-308

About this book


The cold universe is the part of the universe in a cold form close to the background radiation temperature. Until recently, this cold state has been neglected because it is hard to observe, although it must inevitably play a crucial role as the original state of most of the hotter observable objects such as planets, stars, and galaxies. Fortunately, the cold universe currently becomes more and more accessible with newer instruments.

This book contains the printed version of the lectures given at the 32nd Saas-Fee Advanced Course "The Cold Universe" by three eminent scientists in the field: Andrew Blain, Francoise Combes and Bruce Draine. Cold objects at cosmological distances, the origin of galaxies, the role of molecules in galaxies, and the physics of the dust in cold clouds are the main topics treated. This book contains an accessible and up-to-date review of the field and should be useful for many years to astronomy students, cosmologists, physicists and researchers.


Cold Universe Cosmology Galaxy Evolution Molecules in Galaxies Spectroscopy of Dust astronomy astrophysics cosmology galaxy molecule nebula planet Redshift stellar universe

Authors and affiliations

  • Andrew W. Blain
    • 1
  • Françoise Combes
    • 2
  • Bruce T. Draine
    • 3
  1. 1.California Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA
  2. 2.Observatoire de Paris, DEMIRMParisFrance
  3. 3.Department of Astrophysical SciencesPrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA

Editors and affiliations

  • Daniel Pfenniger
    • 1
  • Yves Revaz
    • 1
  1. 1.Observatoire de GenèveSauvernySwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-40838-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-31636-7
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