The Nature of Dusty Star-Forming Galaxies

  • William Cowley

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxv
  2. William Cowley
    Pages 1-13
  3. William Cowley
    Pages 15-42
  4. William Cowley
    Pages 141-166
  5. William Cowley
    Pages 167-170
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 171-196

About this book


This thesis combines a theoretical model of galaxy formation with a treatment of the radiative transfer in the titular dusty star-forming galaxies. Embedding this within the well-established ΛCDM (Lambda cold dark matter) cosmology, the author was able to simulate galaxy populations from which realistic observational images were synthesised. Based on further analysis, he shows that there is a good correspondence with observations from new instruments such as the SCUBA2 bolometric camera and the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) interferometer, and reveals some novel aspects of this exciting galaxy population. In particular, he shows that blending of these galaxies in the imaging produces an artificial enhancement in their clustering, which he dubs “blending bias”. This implies that the host dark matter halo masses for these galaxies have previously been significantly overestimated. He also presents amongst the first predictions from a galaxy formation model for observations of these galaxies that will be made by the James Webb Space Telescope (the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope).


Dusty Star-Forming Galaxies Blending Bias Submillimetre Galaxies Semi-analytical Models Galaxy Formation Models Far Infrared Extragalactic Background Light Radiative Transfer In Galaxies Starburst Galaxies James Webb Space Telescope Predictions High-redshift Galaxies

Authors and affiliations

  • William Cowley
    • 1
  1. 1.Kapteyn Astronomical Institute GroningenThe Netherlands

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