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Introduction to Galaxy Formation and Evolution
From Primordial Gas to Present-Day Galaxies


  • Date Published: October 2019
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107134768

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  • 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.

    • 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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    'An impressive achievement which presents a detailed account of the remarkable progress in our understanding of how galaxies formed and evolved over the past 13 billion years. The authors have brought together the latest theoretical and observational developments in this fast-paced subject carefully explaining with helpful illustrations the underlying physical concepts.' Richard Ellis, University College London

    'This is an admirable introduction to the formation of the galaxies, a key aspect of modern cosmology, and blends fundamental aspects of astrophysics with recent observational constraints.' Joseph Silk, Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris

    'With a broad sweep of physics and a wide canvas, this book is pitched at the level of master's and graduate students. From diffuse gas through dark matter haloes to galaxies today, this is an excellent text to learn the narrative of modern theories of galaxy formation.' Wyn Evans, University of Cambridge

    'Our picture of galaxy formation and evolution, though still tentative and incomplete, is one of the major scientific achievements of the past half century. But seeing this picture in its full glory has mostly been the privilege of professional researchers in the field. Cimatti, Fraternali, and Nipoti have aimed to open the view to astrophysics students at the master's level, and they have succeeded brilliantly. Their clear, comprehensive, and readable textbook will guide astrophysicists and other interested scientists all the way to the frontiers of this exciting field.' Michael Fall, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore

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    • Date Published: October 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107134768
    • length: 582 pages
    • dimensions: 252 x 192 x 30 mm
    • weight: 1.41kg
    • contains: 245 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    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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    Introduction to Galaxy Formation and Evolution

    Andrea Cimatti, Filippo Fraternali, Carlo Nipoti

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    Andrea Cimatti, Università di Bologna
    Andrea Cimatti is full Professor of Astrophysics at the Università di Bologna. He has worked in Germany, the USA, and Italy at the INAF Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory. His research uses the largest telescopes in space and on Earth to study galaxies and cosmology. He is one of the founders of ESA's Euclid space mission. He is a recipient of the Bessel Prize of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, among others. He teaches courses on fundamental astronomy and on galaxy formation and evolution. He has published key papers based on observational studies of distant galaxies.

    Filippo Fraternali, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands
    Filippo Fraternali is Associate Professor of Gas Dynamics and Evolution of Galaxies at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute of the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Università di Bologna, where he was an assistant professor between 2006 and 2017. He did postdoctoral research in the Netherlands and was a Marie-Curie fellow at the University of Oxford. He has published extensively on various topics of galaxy formation and evolution.

    Carlo Nipoti, Università di Bologna
    Carlo Nipoti is Associate Professor of Astrophysics at the Università di Bologna, where he received his Ph.D. in Astronomy, and he was a temporary lecturer of Theoretical Physics at the University of Oxford. He teaches courses on the physics of galaxies and on the dynamics of astrophysical systems at undergraduate and graduate levels. His research is in the field of theoretical astrophysics with special interest in the formation, evolution and dynamics of galaxies, on which he is author of valuable papers.

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