First Light and Faintest Dwarfs: Extreme Probes of the Cold Dark Matter Paradigm

First Light and Faintest Dwarfs: Extreme Probes of the Cold Dark Matter Paradigm First Light and Faintest Dwarfs: Extreme Probes of the Cold Dark Matter Paradigm
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    Julio F. Navarro
    University of Victoria, 3800 Finnerty Road, Victoria, British Columbia, V8P 5C2
    phone: +1-250-721-6644
    fax: +1-250-721-7715

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Conference
Canada
Victoria, British Columbia

The current paradigm of structure formation (LCDM) makes definite predictions for the formation path, abundance, and structure of dark matter-dominated systems in the Universe. The current challenge is to design observational tests of these predictions, and to turn the LCDM scenario into a successful galaxy formation theory. This conference aims to bring together researchers with interest in extreme manifestations of structure growth: the collapse of the first objects capable of harboring stars and galaxies, and the assembly of the faintest systems that warrant appellation as galaxies. These seemingly disparate topics probe the LCDM spectrum of fluctuations on regimes well removed from the large scales used to constrain the main LCDM parameters, thus enabling powerful tests of the paradigm.

The conference will focus on the following topics:

1) FIRST LIGHT

  • Cosmological Reionization
  • First Galaxies
  • Distant QSOs
  • First Stars


2) FAINTEST DWARFS

  • Dwarf Galaxies
  • Ultra-Faint Galaxies and First Stars in the Local Group
  • The Structure of Substructure in CDM Halos
  • Relics of Hierarchical Assembly: Stellar Halos, Streams, Chemical Tagging
  • Direct and Indirect Dark Matter Detection
  • Observational Probes of CDM Substructure

 

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