Smoke Signals from the Distant Universe: Online Lecture

Professor Seb Oliver

Our knowledge of the complex process of star formation is frustrated by enshrouding, smoke-like dust, obscuring the view of conventional telescopes. In this lecture, Professor Seb Oliver will demonstrate how infrared cameras on telescopes in space can detect the signals from this ‘smoke’ and probe the underlying star formation in distant galaxies. He will show how maps of the sky have uncovered hundreds of thousands of distant galaxies and will discuss what we have learnt from these studies about star formation.

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This public talk was given on 16th October 2012 at the University of Sussex, as part of the Sussex Lectures. More information about the 2012 lecture series is available here.