CosmoFirstObjects: International Meeting on High-z Cosmology

When: May 3-6, 2011

Where: Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille (LAM), Marseille don't know Marseille?! Visit us!

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Ongoing, forthcoming, and next-generation observational projects will detect the first objects appearing at the end of the so-called dark ages, when reionization takes place and small-scale structures begin to form, settling the further shape of the universe we are familiar with. Thanks to the dramatic improvements of ground-based and space-borne instruments exploring the radio to gamma-ray wavelengths, which allow us to reach an unprecedented depth, as well as exploiting the so-called gravitational lensing telescopes, it will be possible to investigate the earliest, highest-redshift sources of light, draw an accurate picture of the reionization epoch as well as of the early stages (3 < z < 7) in the star formation history, and finally probe the cosmological conditions at that epoch. The first light objects allow us to investigate the cosmology at lower redshift, and finally investigate the role and the nature of dark matter and dark energy. Several challenges emerge for theoretical cosmology

In the same spirit of the very successful, previous international meetings hosted at Marseille/LAM since 2008 (CosmoTools in 2008, CosmoClusters in 2009, CosmoZsurveys in 2010), Cosmo-First-Objects is intended to offer a pleasant ground to discuss about cosmology between redshift ∼3 and ∼20, spanning all of the astrophysical probes that are relevant for fundamental physics. As in the previous Cosmo- meeting editions, the greatest interaction between participants will be assured by alternating talks and several free and leaded discussions, including keynotes at the end of each day. With the purpose of fostering new ideas and collaborations, the major actors at the forefront of these fields are invited, and the attendance of students is highly encouraged. Aiming to offer an informal and productive ambience, the attendance is limited to 50 people. Financial aid shall be available, with priority to students and young post-doc and researcher.

➮➮➮➮ Poster


➮➮➮➮ 9 review talks: First Light - CMB, First Halos and Primordial non-Gaussianities, First Galaxies, First AGN, First GRB, First Stars, First Black Holes, First Lensed, First Small-Scale-Structures and Reionization


Confirmed Participants

Invited review talk:

R. Bouwens (Leiden University), M. Brusa (MPE Garching), V. Hill (Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, Laboratoire Cassiopée), M. Langer (IAS Orsay), J. Richard (CRAL Lyon), R. Sheth (UPenn & ICTP), S. Savaglio (MPE Garching), M. Volonteri (University of Michigan), S. Zaroubi (Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, Groningen)


T. Abel (KIPAC Stanford), A. Ajmia (IAS Orsay), D. Aubert (Strasbourg), P. Cassata (UMass), M. Castellano (INAF - OA Rome), J. Chardin (Strasbourg), O. Cucciati (INAF - OA Trieste), P. Dayal (AIP Potsdam), A. Davis (Yale), S. De Barros (Obs Genève), G. De Lucia (INAF - OA Trieste), A. Fontana (INAF - OA Rome), S. Gallerani (INAF - OA Rome & Grenoble), M. Giavalisco (UMass), A. Grazian (INAF - OA Rome), F. Haardt (Insubria), A. Jeeson-Daniel (MPA Garching), I. Iliev (Sussex), M. Latif (Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, Groningen), G. Mamon (IAP Paris), R. Muñoz (Strasbourg), P. Ocvirk (Strasbourg), R. Pelló (Obs Midi-Pyrénées), L. Pentericci (INAF - OA Rome), D. Schaerer (Obs Genève), D. Stark (IoA Cambridge), N. Tanvir (Leicester), G. Tormen (Padova), M. Viel (INAF - OA Trieste)

From Marseille:

S. Basa (LAM), D. Burgarella (LAM), J. Comparat (LAM), J.-G. Cuby (LAM), J.-M. Deharveng (LAM), J.-P. Kneib (LAM), V. Le Brun (LAM), O. Le Fèvre (LAM), M. Limousin (LAM), C. Lopez (LAM), D. Maccagni (INAF - IASF Milano & LAM), C. Marinoni (CPT), A. Mazure (LAM), D. Paraficz (LAM), C. Schimd (LAM), L. Tasca (LAM), L. Tresse (LAM)

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Practical informations

This meeting is sponsored by OAMP-LAM and Université de Provence, and labeled by UFI-UIF

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