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Astrophysics Seminar: Daniel Stark: "Galaxies in the Reionization Era: New Insight from JWST"

When: Tuesday, October 3, 2023
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CT

Where: 1800 Sherman Avenue, 6-800, Evanston, IL 60201 Evanston map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Joan West   (847) 491-3645

Group: Physics and Astronomy Astrophysics Seminars

Category: Academic


Over the past year, deep infrared images and spectra from JWST have pushed the cosmic frontier back to just 300 million years after the Big Bang, delivering the first large sample of galaxies at redshifts 7<z<13.  Sometime in this redshift window the hydrogen in the intergalactic medium transitioned from mostly neutral to ionized.  The emergence of the first detailed spectra of z>7 galaxies have begun to sharpen our understanding of this process of reionization, while also providing a glimpse of the physical nature of early galaxies.  The spectral features we are detecting at z>7 are unlike what has been seen at lower redshifts, revealing a metal poor population of dwarf galaxies with bursty star formation histories. In this talk, I will review the latest progress in our understanding of reionization and early galaxies, then discuss several of the surprises that have emerged in the first datasets from JWST. 

Daniel Stark, Professor, University of Arizona

Host: Allison Strom

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