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Contact:
Yuexing Li
814-867-2291

Derek Fox
814-863-4989

The First Galaxies, Quasars & Gamma-Ray Bursts

June 6-10, 2010
Pennsylvania State University

Hosted and sponsored by the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics, Eberly College of Science, and Institute for Gravitation & the Cosmos of The Pennsylvania State University.

 

Conference Organizing Committee:
Yuexing Li (PSU, co-chair)
Derek Fox (PSU, co-chair)
Tom Abel (Stanford)
Niel Brandt (PSU)
Chris Carilli (NRAO)
Xiaohui Fan (Arizona)
Lars Hernquist (Harvard)
Garth Illingworth (UCSC)
Avi Loeb (Harvard)
Peter Meszaros (PSU)
Don Schneider (PSU)
Michael Strauss (Princeton)
Steve Warren (Imperial College London)

Conference Organizing Staff:
Laurie Dasher
Christine Selders

Rationale:

The first generation of galaxies, quasars and GRBs is an exciting new field, and a major science goal of all the upcoming missions (e.g., ALMA, JWST ...). Over the past few years, there have been rapid progress in both observational and theoretical cosmologies. To date, hundreds of star-forming galaxies, dozens of luminous quasars and gamma ray bursts have been discovered at the cosmic dawn, including the most distant GRB detected at redshift z=8.2. However, many fundamental questions remain open, such as the nature of these objects, their formation and evolution, and their impacts on the ISM /IGM and structure formation at later time.

It's therefore extremely useful to have a focused conference dedicated to this important emerging field, and to bring together both observers and theorists to explore the frontier of cosmology. This conference aims at fostering collaborations between both sides, bringing in young people, and stimulating further progress.

Topics:

  • The transition from PopIII stars to PopII and PopI star formation
  • The first galaxies and quasars, and SMBH -- host relations in the early Universe
  • The most distant gamma ray bursts
  • Feedback and impact of the first objects, reionization, and metal enrichment
  • Current observations and future missions with ALMA, JWST, JANUS, IXO, MWA...



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