David's Friends from Japan

All started in year 2000, when Andrea Ferrara was invited as a Visiting Professor at the Center for Computational Sciences of the University of Tsububa by Prof. Masayuki Umemura. He spent there three months and at the end the idea to put this serendipitous collaboration between the two young, active, growing Japanese and Italian groups on a more solid basis was born.

After one year a successful grant proposal allowed the first Japan-Italy Meeting to be held at the Arcetri Observatory, Florence. That was the real start of the adventure! After two years, in December 2003, yet another generous grant from Japanese JSPS and Italian CNR allowed a second meeting to be organized in Nigata, Japan.

The size of the meeting had already grown to some 25 people, mostly young and enthusiastic graduate students, PostDoc and early stage researchers, leaded by a handful of more experienced professors. In the meantime, and on both sides, the young students rapidly grown up to become world recognized experts in their field, many of them being awarded with positions at the most prestigious research centers and universities of the two countries and abroad (for example Germany, Taiwan, USA to mention a few).

This activity is witnessed by a rapidly accumulating track of publications, some of which have reach the status of "classical" papers in their field. In addition to the ongoing connections, scientific and cultural exchanges, the initial momentum is continuing to grow. The third Japan-Italy meeting (download talks and pictures here) has recently taken place in Tsukuba, Japan on January 2009 and again was very successful, lot of projects and work to do for the future.

The common scientific interests are broad and numerous: from first star formation to comsic reionization, numerical simulations of cosmic structure formation and radiative transfer, early galaxy formation and stellar nucleosynthesis, dust formation and evolution, the intergalactic medium are only a partial list. DAVID is very proud to acknowledge the friendship and deep appreciation for this continuous source of inspiration, discussion and mutual support.

Below are some pictures of some of DAVID's friends and the list of high quality published scientific papers that such pleasant endeavour has generated. Enjoy reading them!

DAVID and his friends: pictures

David's friends in Tsukuba, Jan. 2009 Prof. Umemura giving a talk Thinking hard Prof. Yoshida ginving his talk

Publication list

  1. <a target="_top" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2011arXiv1109.2900S"> The first low-mass stars: critical metallicity or dust-to-gas ratio? </a>, R. Schneider, K. Omukai, S. Bianchi, R. Valiante 2011, accepted for publication by MNRAS
  2. Metals, dust and the cosmic microwave background: fragmentation of high-redshift star-forming clouds , R. Schneider, K. Omukai 2010, MNRAS, 402, 429
  3. <a target="_top" href="http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2008ApJ...686..801O"> Can Supermassive Black Holes Form in Metal-enriched High-Redshift Protogalaxies? K. Omukai, R. Schneider, Z. Haiman, 2008, ApJ, 686, 801
  4. The radio to infrared emission of very high redshift gamma-ray bursts: probing early star formation through molecular and atomic absorption lines , S. Inoue, K. Omukai, B. Ciardi 2007, MNRAS, 380, 1715
  5. Thermal and Fragmentation Properties of Star-forming Clouds in Low-Metallicity Environments, K. Omukai, T. Tsuribe, R. Schneider, A. Ferrara, 2005, MNRAS, 626, 627
  6. Fragmentation of star-forming clouds enriched with the first dust , R. Schneider, K. Omukai, A. Inoue, A. Ferrara, 2006, MNRAS, 369, 1437
  7. The Nature of Ly\x{03b1} Blobs: Supernova-dominated Primordial Galaxies, M. Mori, M. Umemura, A. Ferrara, 2004, ApJ, 613, 97
  8. Low-mass relics of early star formation, R. Schneider, A. Ferrara, R. Salvaterra, K. Omukai, V.Bromm, 2004, Nature, 422, 869
  9. First Stars, Very Massive Black Holes, and Metals, R. Schneider, A. Ferrara, K. Omukai, P. Natarajan, 2002, MNRAS, 571, 308
  10. Early Metal Enrichment by Pregalactic Outflows. II. Three-dimensional Simulations of Blow-Away, M. Mori, A. Ferrara, P. Madau, 2001, ApJ, 571, 40
-- AndrewFerrara - 16 Jan 2009
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