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Astrophysics in the Next Decade: The Evolution of Galaxies

  • Alice Shapley
Conference paper
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings book series (ASSSP)

Abstract

One of the primary goals of observational cosmology is to understand how galaxies form and evolve into the current population of objects we observe around us today. The redshift range, 1.5 ⩽ z ⩽ 3.5 represents a crucial epoch for observing the assembly of the modern galaxy population, which is largely in place by z ∼ 1. There has been tremendous progress assembling observations at z>1.5 over the past decade. Yet, many challenges remain. The next generation of large telescopes on the ground and in space will enable us to place unprecedented contraints on the connection between distant galaxies in the early universe and their local counterparts; the detailed stellar populations of distant galaxies while the bulk of their stellar mass is being formed; the structure and dynamics of galaxies as they settle onto the Hubble sequence; and the physics of “feedback”, a crucial, yet poorly understood ingredient in models of galaxy formation.

Keywords

High Redshift Stellar Population Stellar Mass Galaxy Formation Initial Mass Function 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alice Shapley
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  1. 1.Princeton UniversityPrincetonUSA

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