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Cosmic Reionization of Hydrogen and Helium

Cosmic reionization is a period in the Universe history when it switched from being predominantly neutral to mostly ionized. We still haven’t quite pinned down the source(s) that caused this transition, but we have our suspicions. It could be quasars. It could be galaxies. Or could it be something else?

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Super starbursts at high redshifts

How efficiently can a galaxy turn gas into stars? Most galaxies do so at a very typical rate, but some convert gas incredibly fast in a huge starburst – but how efficient can they get?

Merging White Dwarfs with Magnetic Fields

White dwarfs in a binary often merge into a variety of interesting phenomena. However, nobody has sought to understand the role that magnetic fields play during the merger. The authors simulate the merging of two white dwarfs with magnetic fields to see what happens.

Stealing Hot Gas from Galaxies

The evolution of a galaxy is strongly dependent upon the environment the galaxy lives in. Galaxies moving through galaxy groups and galaxy clusters can get stripped of their gas that would otherwise be used to form stars. Today’s astrobite discusses simulations of the stripping and removal of the hot, gaseous coronae that surround galaxies.

How do M-dwarf Stars Measure Up?

Very low-mass M-dwarfs are a missing link in our theory of stellar interiors. Stars this small probably have fully convective interiors, but we don’t have a complete understanding of how that affects global properties like radius or temperature. It’s important to get right, if for no other reason because lots of exoplanets orbit M-dwarfs.

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