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The Formation of the First Galaxies and Reionization with the James Webb Space Telescope

Objective

Within the first few hundred million years after the Big-Bang the first galaxies and stars were born. Sometime soon after, these first objects produced enough energetic photons to reionization the neutral gas in the universe. This frontier of early galaxy assembly has not yet been observed, but will be uncovered by deep imaging and spectroscopy taken with the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Key problems include: how the very first galaxies were assembled, and evolved, in their first few Gyr, and the history of reionization. With this ERC funded EPOCHS project I will lead a major effort to investigate these questions using JWST GTO time discovering galaxies before, during, and after the epoch of reionization. This proposal has three interconnected and complementary themes: (i) Identifying the first galaxies and characterizing their UV luminosities, stellar masses, and star formation rates at 7

Call for proposal

ERC-2017-ADG
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Funding Scheme

ERC-ADG - Advanced Grant

Host institution

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 951 138

Beneficiaries (2)

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 1 951 138
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
University Park
NG7 2RD Nottingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments