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Richard Ellis (UCL)

Early Galaxies and Cosmic Reionisation: Progress and Challenges
When Sep 20, 2018 from 02:30 PM to 03:30 PM
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  • Colloquium
Where SH Lecture Hall
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The birth of galaxies represents the last unexplored frontier of cosmic history and it is commonly believed such early systems led to the transformation of neutral gas in the intergalactic medium into its presentfully-ionised state. Some progress has been made in charting the demographics of early galaxies into the era when reionisation is thought to occur, but little is known about their nature of their stellar populations, the possible role of active nuclei and whether galaxies are capable of generating sufficient ionizing radiation. Spectroscopy holds the key to addressing these questions, targeting both individual sources at high redshift as well as carefully-chosen analogs at intermediate redshift. I will describe the recent progress and challenges as we anticipate the launch of JWST and the arrival of next-generation large telescopes.