How Did the First Stars and Galaxies Form?

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APPENDIX : USEFUL NUMBERS
Fundamental Constants
Newton’s constant (G)= 6.67 × 10−8 cm3 g−1 s−2
Speed of light (c)= 3.00 × 1010 cm s−1
Planck’s constant (h)= 6.63 × 10−27 erg s
Electron mass (me)= 9.11 × 10−28 g
≡ 511 keV/c2
Electron charge (e)= 4.80 × 10−10 esu
Proton mass (mp)= 1.67 × 10−24 g
= 938.3 MeV/c2
Boltzmann’s constant (kB)= 1.38 × 10−16 erg K−1
Stefan-Boltzmann constant (σ)= 5.67 × 10−5 erg cm−2 s−1K−4
Radiation constant (a)= 7.56 × 10−15 erg cm−3 K−4
Thomson cross section (σT)= 6.65 × 10−25 cm2
Astrophysical Numbers
Solar mass (M)= 1.99 × 1033 g
Solar radius (R)= 6.96 × 1010 cm

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface xi
  • 1 - Prologue- The Big Picture 1
  • 2 - Standard Cosmological Model 8
  • 3 - The First Gas Clouds 35
  • 4 - The First Stars and Black Holes 64
  • 5 - The Reionization of Cosmic Hydrogen by the First Galaxies 95
  • 6 - Observing the First Galaxies 116
  • 7 - Imaging the Diffuse Fog of Cosmic Hydrogen 136
  • 8 - Epilogue- - Fromour Galaxy’s Past to Its Future 159
  • Appendix - Useful Numbers 171
  • Notes 173
  • Recommended Further Reading 181
  • Glossary 183
  • Index 189
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