Shedding new light on star formation in the early Universe
Astronomy and astrophysics
Friday 11 November 2016
to 11:30 at
Jacqueline Hodge (Leiden Observatory)
Studies of star formation in the distant universe have made substantial progress over the last decade. While the initial progress relied largely on deep fields in the rest-frame optical and UV, the advent of new radio/millimeter telescopes is allowing dramatic advances in our understanding of the molecular gas and dust-obscured star formation in distant galaxies. I will present recent progress in detecting and mapping the star-forming interstellar medium and dusty star formation in high-redshift galaxies, including a detailed case study of a z~4 submillimeter galaxy. I will then discuss our current efforts with the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) to expand the sample size beyond one. I will end with a discussion of future prospects for using such long-wavelength studies to understand the nature of high-redshift star formation and, consequently, how today’s galaxy population developed through cosmic time.