The Cosmic Dawn - Physics of the First Luminous Objects

Ken Chen


One of the frontiers in modern cosmology is understanding the end of cosmic dark ages, when the first stars, supernovae, and galaxies transformed the simple early Universe into a state of ever-increasing complexity. I will talk about the possible physics behind the formation of these first luminous objects by presenting the results from our simulations. I will also discuss the possible observational signatures of the cosmic dawn that will be the prime targets for the future telescopes such as the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).