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Finding high-redshift dark stars with the James Webb Space Telescope
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2010 (English)In: Astrophysical Journal, ISSN 0004-637X, E-ISSN 1538-4357, Vol. 717, no 1, 257-267 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The first stars in the history of the universe are likely to form in the dense central regions of similar to 10(5)-10(6) M-circle dot cold dark matter halos at z approximate to 10-50. The annihilation of dark matter particles in these environments may lead to the formation of so-called dark stars, which are predicted to be cooler, larger, more massive, and potentially more long-lived than conventional population III stars. Here, we investigate the prospects of detecting high-redshift dark stars with the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). We find that all dark stars with masses up to 10(3) M-circle dot are intrinsically too faint to be detected by JWST at z > 6. However, by exploiting foreground galaxy clusters as gravitational telescopes do, certain varieties of cool (T-eff <= 30,000 K) dark stars should be within reach at redshifts up to z approximate to 10. If the lifetimes of dark stars are sufficiently long, many such objects may also congregate inside the first galaxies. We demonstrate that this could give rise to peculiar features in the integrated spectra of galaxies at high redshifts, provided that dark stars make up at least similar to 1% of the total stellar mass in such objects.

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The American Astronomical Society , 2010. Vol. 717, no 1, 257-267 p.
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dark ages, reionization, first stars, dark matter, galaxies: high-redshift, stars: Population III
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Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-27310DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/717/1/257ISI: 000278777900023ScopusID: 2-s2.0-77953731459OAI: diva2:376364
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QC 20101210Available from: 2011-12-09 Created: 2010-12-09 Last updated: 2011-12-09Bibliographically approved

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