Introduction to Galaxy Formation and Evolution
From Primordial Gas to Present-Day Galaxies
- Andrea Cimatti, Università di Bologna
- Filippo Fraternali, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands
- Carlo Nipoti, Università di Bologna
Present-day elliptical, spiral and irregular galaxies are large systems made of stars, gas and dark matter. Their properties result from a variety of physical processes that have occurred during the nearly fourteen billion years since the Big Bang. This comprehensive textbook, which bridges the gap between introductory and specialized texts, explains the key physical processes of galaxy formation, from the cosmological recombination of primordial gas to the evolution of the different galaxies that we observe in the Universe today. In a logical sequence, the book introduces cosmology, illustrates the properties of galaxies in the present-day Universe, then explains the physical processes behind galaxy formation in the cosmological context, taking into account the most recent developments in this field. The text ends on how to find distant galaxies with multi-wavelength observations, and how to extract the physical and evolutionary properties based on imaging and spectroscopic data.Read more
- Presents a balanced description of theoretical and observational aspects of galaxy formation and evolution, demonstrating how physical processes are linked with our observations
- Rich in figures, summaries and summary tables, and includes selected references to help students to follow-up a given topic of interest
- Appendices on the key physical and astrophysical processes are also present to aid the study of this multi-topic subject
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- Date Published: October 2019
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781108770521
- contains: 245 b/w illus.
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Table of Contents
2. The cosmological framework
3. Present-day galaxies as a benchmark for evolutionary studies
4. Present-day star-forming galaxies
5. Present-day early-type galaxies
6. The environment of present-day galaxies
7. Formation, evolution and properties of dark matter halos
8. Main ingredients of galaxy formation theory
9. From recombination to reionisation
10. Theory of galaxy formation
11. Observing galaxy evolution
Appendix A. Acronyms
Appendix B. Constants and units
Appendix C. Astronomical compendium
Appendix D. Physics compendium
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