First Light in the Universe

Saas-Fee Advanced Course 36. Swiss Society for Astrophysics and Astronomy

  • A. Loeb
  • A. Ferrara
  • R.S. Ellis

Part of the Saas-Fee Advanced Course 36 book series (SAASFEE, volume 36)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. A. Loeb
    Pages 1-159
  3. R. S. Ellis
    Pages 259-364
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 365-371

About this book


The exploration of the first billion years of the history of the Universe, from the so-called Dark Ages to cosmic reionisation, represents one of the great challenges of contemporary astrophysics and one of the main drivers for future observational facilities.

The book contains the elaborated notes of lectures given at the 36th Saas-Fee Advanced Course "First Light in the Universe" by three eminent scientists in the field: Abraham Loeb, Andrea Ferrara, and Richard Ellis. The formation of the first stars and black holes, the initial mass function, feedback effects, early dust formation, the history of cosmic star formation, distant galaxies, cosmic reionisation and the cosmic infrared background are the main topics treated. This book provides an accessible and up-to-date review of the field and will be useful to graduate students of astronomy, cosmologists, physicists and researchers.


Cosmic Microwave Background Cosmology Extremely Large Telescopes First Stars High Redshift Universe Redshift Reionisation Star Formation Structure Formation Universe astronomy astrophysics

Authors and affiliations

  • A. Loeb
    • 1
  • A. Ferrara
    • 2
  • R.S. Ellis
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of AstronomyHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.SISSA/International School Advanced StudiesItaly
  3. 3.Astronomy DepartmentCalifornia Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-74162-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-74163-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1861-7980
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