Formation of the First Stars and the First Black Holes

Sunday, 15 February 2015: 8:30 AM-11:30 AM
Room 220B (San Jose Convention Center)
Priyamvada Natarajan,Yale University, New Haven, CT
This talk will present our understanding of how the first black hole seeds and first stars formed. While the growth of dark matter haloes is driven by gravity and well understood, the baryonic physics governing the formation and growth of stars, black holes, and galaxies is more complex and requires combining different physics spanning a large range of scales. There has been tremendous theoretical and computational progress on the formation of the first structures in the early Universe.