Cosmic Microwave Background, Population III Stars, Cosmology, Enzo, Star Formation, Dark Matter
Minor perturbations resulting from a brief period of inflation at the time of the universe's birth seeded the growth of all structure in the universe. Using Enzo, a research code optimized for running cosmological simulations, we simulate the formation of the universe. We take into account the most current cosmological parameters and plot star formation rates of the universe for halos of varying mass from the beginning of time until today. By simulating star formation of the early universe, we verify that initially minuscule dark matter pockets resulting from inflationary perturbations attract more and more matter as the universe expands. The resulting halos vary in size and have varying degrees of star formation. Additionally, this analysis paves the way for future members of the scientific community to test a new way of identifying population III stars in the cosmic microwave background.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
McArthur, Eli D., "Finding the First Stars" (2016). All Student Publications. 221.
Physical and Mathematical Sciences
Physics and Astronomy
Senior Honors Thesis
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