This chapter describes the prospects for detecting the first black holes in our Universe, with a specific focus on instruments/telescopes that will come online within the next decade, including e.g. the SKA, WFIRST, EUCLID, JWST, and large ground-based facilities such as E-ELTs, GMT and TMT. This chapter focusses on: (i) the indirect detectability of the first generations of stellar mass black holes through their imprint on various Cosmic Background Radiation fields including the 21-cm and X-ray backgrounds; (ii) direct detectability of line and continuum emission by more massive black holes (MBH ̃ 104 - 106M☉) that formed via channels other than `ordinary' stellar evolution.
Formation of the First Black Holes
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- Astrophysics - Astrophysics of Galaxies;
- Astrophysics - Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics
- Preprint of the chapter "Prospects for Detecting the First Black Holes with the Next Generation of Telescopes", to be published in the review volume "Formation of the First Black Holes", Latif, M. and Schleicher, D. R. G., eds., World Scientific Publishing Company, 2018, pp 269-288 [see https://www.worldscientific.com/worldscibooks/10.1142/10652]