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Formation of the First Galaxies: Predictions for the Next Generation of Observatories

Brian O'Shea, Michigan State University

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Extensive theoretical research has suggested that the first galaxies were responsible for reionizing the universe and for dispensing large quantities of metal into the low-density intergalactic medium. The O’Shea team will perform high-resolution numerical calculations to test this hypothesis and to predict the properties of the population of high-redshift galaxies that will be observed by the next generation of ground- and space-based observatories. The team uses Enzo, a massively parallel 3D adaptive mesh refinement hybrid (fluid + particle) code for astrophysical and cosmological simulations developed at the Laboratory for Computational Astrophysics at the University of California, San Diego.



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