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High-Redshift Galaxies

Light from the Early Universe

Benefits

  • Very timely book on very active research field with relevance to Cosmology and Fundamental Physics

  • Provides a comprehensive account of the scientific results on high-redshift galaxies accumulated during the past ten years

  • A valuable companion text for special lectures on the high-redshift universe and cosmic evolution

  • Serves as important tool for research students starting a thesis work in the field of extragalactic astronomy and observational cosmology

  • Provides a thorough introduction to the topic for interested researchers

  • Designed as a tool for planning future observational and instrumental programs and projects

  • Written for astronomers as well as for physicists not having prior astronomical knowledge

  • Contains introductory chapters describing the basic concepts and notations used in modern astronomy and a brief overview of the present knowledge of the local universe

Book

Part of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Library book series (AAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. The Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Immo Appenzeller
      Pages 3-10
    3. Immo Appenzeller
      Pages 11-72
    4. Immo Appenzeller
      Pages 73-117
  3. Methods and Tools

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. Immo Appenzeller
      Pages 121-151
    3. Immo Appenzeller
      Pages 153-173
    4. Immo Appenzeller
      Pages 175-202
  4. Observational Results and Their Interpretation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. Immo Appenzeller
      Pages 205-268
    3. Immo Appenzeller
      Pages 269-276
    4. Immo Appenzeller
      Pages 277-291
    5. Immo Appenzeller
      Pages 293-307
  5. An Outlook to the Future

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 309-309
    2. Immo Appenzeller
      Pages 311-318
    3. Immo Appenzeller
      Pages 319-331
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 1-19

About this book

Introduction

This book provides a comprehensive account of the scientific results on high-redshift galaxies accumulated during the past ten years. Apart from summarizing and critically discussing the wealth of observational data, the observational methods which made it possible to study these very distant and extremely faint objects are described in detail. Moreover, the technical feasibilities and physical limitations for existing and for future ground-based and space-based telescopes are discussed. Thus, apart from summarizing the knowledge accumulated so far, the book is designed as a tool for planning future observational and instrumental programs and projects.

In view of the potential importance of the observational results of the high-redshift universe for basic physics the book is written for astronomers as well as for physicists without prior astronomical knowledge. For this purpose it contains introductory chapters describing the basic concepts and notations used in modern astronomy and a brief overview of the present knowledge of the local universe. The individual chapters provide detailed information, summaries and references on all important aspects and problems pertaining to the subject. The objective of the book is therefore to provide a thorough introduction to the topic for interested researchers. Students interested in extragalactic astronomy will find important information not (yet) available in standard academic texts. The book will also be a valuable companion text for special lectures on the high-redshift universe and cosmic evolution. And it will be an important tool for research students starting a thesis in the field of extragalactic astronomy and observational cosmology.

Keywords

Cosmology Dark Energy Dark Matter Early Universe Galaxy Formation High-Redshift Galaxies IGM Intergalactic Medium Redshift Star Formation History Universe

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Landessternwarte KönigstuhlHeidelbergGermany

About the authors

Prof. Immo Appenzeller is the emeritus director of the Heidelberg Observatory (Landessternwarte Heidelberg). From 1994 - 1997 he served as General Secretary of the International Astronomical Union. He was PI or CO of various large national and international instrumentation and research projects. His current main research topics are very distant (young) galaxies, active galaxies and QSOs, massive luminous stars, cosmic X-ray sources, astronomical instrumentation.

Bibliographic information

Reviews

From the reviews: “This ambitious book aims to summarize our view of high-redshift galaxies and their contents. … He describes how to find high-redshift objects, how to characterize them, how to deal with selection effects, and so on. … Appenzeller has done a fine job in summarizing the study of high-redshift galaxies and this will act as an excellent introduction to the subject for students and researchers.” (Paul O’Brien, The Observatory, Vol. 130 (1214), February, 2010)