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Revealing the Invisible Universe

First Accretion Light in the Universe Science Working Group

The First Accretion Light in the Universe SWG will be responsible for identifying outstanding science questions related to black hole seed formation, X-rays from early BHs, X-ray binaries in early galaxies, reionization of the universe, and cross-correlation of X-ray emission from high-z with other tracers, developing a compelling science case, and aiding the STDT with producing a mission concept that best addresses these questions.

Science Working Group Co-Chairs::
 Niel BrandtThe Pennsylvania State University
 Piero MadauUC Santa Cruz
 Daniel SternJet Propulsion Laboratory
Science Working Group Members:
 James AirdInstitute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge
 Nico CappellutiYale University
 Francesca CivanoSAO
 Andrea ComastriINAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Bologna
 Paolo CoppiYale University
 Anastasia FialkovHarvard (ITC)
 Francesca FornasiniHarvard-Smithsonian CfA
 Elena GalloUniversity of Michigan
 Mélanie HabouzitInstitut d'Astrophysique de Paris
 Zoltan HaimanColumbia University
 Philip KaaretUniversity of Iowa
 Demosthenes KazanasNASA/GSFC
 Ildar KhabibullinMax Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Garching & Space Research Institute RAS, Moscow
 Joseph LazioJet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
 Bin LuoSchool of Astronomy and Space Science, Nanjing University, China
 Mar MezcuaInstitute of Space Science
 Takamitsu MiyajiUniversidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
 Dan SchwartzSAO/CXC XRS Study Office
 Ohad ShemmerUniversity of North Texas
 Benny TrakhtenbrotETH Zurich
 Cristian VignaliUniversity of Bologna
 Fabio VitoThe Pennsylvania State University
 Marta VolonteriInstitut d'Astrophysique de Paris