Neither the formation process of "The First Stars" nor their existence in the present universe is known with any certainty. The authors of this volume address all open questions presenting an abundance of interesting data at the same time as giving a relatively exhaustive overview of our present-day knowledge. This covers research from spectroscopic observations, stellar evolutions, nucleosynthesis, structure and galaxy formation. The contributions shed new light on past views, often questioning traditional interpretations. Dealing with problems at the crossroads of cosmology, star formation and chemical evolution in stars, the book addresses astrophysicists and researchers, as well as graduate students. However, it should also be of interest to nuclear physicists and astrochemists.
Table of ContentsFrom the contents: The First Stars - Introduction and Context.- Observations of Extremely Metal-poor Galactic Stars.- The First Stars - Evolution and Nucleosynthesis.- Feedback on the Environment.- Formation of the First Stars.- Observational Clues from Galaxies at High z or Low Z.- A New View of the First Stars.