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Emission Line Galaxies with MOS: from cosmic noon to the reionization era

When Sep 18, 2017 12:00 PM to
Sep 22, 2017 02:30 PM
Where Kavli Institute for Cosmology, University of Cambridge
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Workshop Rationale

Galaxies showing strong emission lines are precious laboratories to study the physical mechanisms driving and regulating star formation through cosmic time, since they can be easily observed from the local universe to the highest redshifts.

With the advent of the last generation of optical and near-infrared Multi Object and Integral Field Spectrographs (MOS, IFS), we have entered in a new golden era for emission line studies. Therefore, it is now possible to draw a detailed picture of the several inter-linked physical processes driving star formation and chemical evolution in galaxies from low to high redshifts as never before. In particular, large and deep MOS surveys appear as powerful tools to trace physical properties of galaxies in space and time with high statistical significance. Exciting enough, the next generation of ground-based and space-borne multifrequency MOS facilities (e.g. VLT-MOONS, JWST-NIRSpec, Subaru-PFS, WEAVE, 4MOST, DESI, E-ELT-MOSAIC) will arrive with the promise of revolutionizing the field, providing high multiplexing data of unprecedented sensitivity over large volumes. This will allow us to trace the physical properties of galaxies in space and time pushing studies into the rather unexplored low-mass regime, from intermediate redshifts (z>1-2) to the reionization era at z>6, with profound implications in our understanding of galaxy formation and evolution.


This Workshop will be a chance to review and discuss crucial aspects of galaxy formation and evolution at intermediate and high redshifts. We aim at bringing together leading experts in the scientific exploitation of current and future MOS facilities for studying emission line galaxies, emission line and photoionization modelling, and cosmological/hydrodynamic simulations. Early-career researchers are especially encouraged to participate. 

The following key topics will be covered:

  • Star Formation through Cosmic Time.
  • Excitation mechanisms and emission line diagnostics.
  • Metallicity, chemical abundances and gradients.
  • Galaxy kinematics and dynamics.
  • Primordial universe and reionization.
  • Prospects for high redshift studies with upcoming facilities.

Invited Speakers

  • Jarle Brinchmann
  • Andrew Bunker
  • Marco Castellano
  • Michele Cirasuolo
  • Romeel Davé
  • Anna Feltre
  • Andrea Ferrara
  • Lisa Kewley
  • Filippo Mannucci
  • Ivelina Momcheva
  • Thorsten Naab
  • Laura Pentericci
  • Enrique Pérez Montero
  • Naveen Reddy
  • Brant Robertson
  • Alice Shapley
  • Daniel Stark
  • Charles C. Steidel
  • Lidia Tasca
  • Arjen van der Wel


  • Ricardo Amorin (co-chair)
  • Ricardo Chavez (co-chair)
  • Avishai Dekel
  • Olivier Le Fevre
  • Roberto Maiolino
  • Laura Pentericci
  • Max Pettini
  • Alice Shapley
  • Debora Sijacki
  • Renske Smit 
  • Lutz Wisotzki
  • Ricardo Amorin 
  • Ricardo Chavez 
  • Sandra Berner
  • Roberto Maiolino
  • Renske Smit 
  • Almarie Williams


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We gratefully acknowledge funding from the Kavli Foundation and from a grant from the Templeton Foundation held by Prof. Martin Rees.