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ABSTRACT

1.INTRODUCTION: DEFINING CHARACTERISTICS OF THE FIRST GALAXIES

2.EVOLUTION OF THE PRIMORDIAL GAS IN THE FORMATION OF THE FIRST GALAXIES
2.1.Cooling of the Primordial Gas
2.2.Suppression of Cooling by the Photodissociation of Molecules
2.3.The Impact of Radiation from Accreting Black Holes on the Primordial Gas

3.METAL ENRICHMENT AND THE ONSET OF POPULATION II STAR FORMATION
3.1.The First Supernovae and Metal Enrichment
3.2.The Mixing of Metals with the Primordial Gas
3.3.Metal Cooling in the First Galaxies

4.OBSERVATIONAL PREDICTIONS AND THE OUTLOOK FOR IDENTIFYING THE FIRST GALAXIES

5.SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION

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