Chemical Composition of the Early Universe

@article{Harwit2003ChemicalCO,
  title={Chemical Composition of the Early Universe},
  author={Martin Harwit and Marco Spaans},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  year={2003},
  volume={589},
  pages={53 - 57}
}
A prediction of standard inflationary cosmology is that the elemental composition of the medium out of which the earliest stars and galaxies condensed consisted primarily of hydrogen and helium 4He, with small admixtures of deuterium, lithium 7Li, and 3He. The most redshifted quasars, galaxies, and Lyα absorbers currently observed, however, all exhibit at least some admixture of heavier elements, as do the most ancient stars in the Galaxy. Here we examine ways in which the abundance of these… 

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