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Measuring the reionization 21 cm fluctuations using clustering wedges
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Astronomy. Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, The Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmo Particle Physics (OKC).
Number of Authors: 3
2018 (English)In: Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, ISSN 0035-8711, E-ISSN 1365-2966, Vol. 475, no 1, p. 438-447Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

One of the main challenges in probing the reionization epoch using the redshifted 21 cm line is that the magnitude of the signal is several orders smaller than the astrophysical foregrounds. One of the methods to deal with the problem is to avoid a wedge-shaped region in the Fourier k(perpendicular to) - k(parallel to) space which contains the signal from the spectrally smooth foregrounds. However, measuring the spherically averaged power spectrum using only modes outside this wedge (i.e. in the reionization window) leads to a bias. We provide a prescription, based on expanding the power spectrum in terms of the shifted Legendre polynomials, which can be used to compute the angular moments of the power spectrum in the reionization window. The prescription requires computation of the monopole, quadrupole, and hexadecapole moments of the power spectrum using the theoretical model under consideration and also the knowledge of the effective extent of the foreground wedge in the k(perpendicular to) - k(parallel to)plane. One can then calculate the theoretical power spectrum in the window which can be directly compared with observations. The analysis should have implications for avoiding any bias in the parameter constraints using 21 cm power spectrum data.

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2018. Vol. 475, no 1, p. 438-447
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methods: numerical, dark ages, reionization, first stars, cosmology: theory
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Physical Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-155985DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stx3190ISI: 000427144200035OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-155985DiVA, id: diva2:1205543
Available from: 2018-05-14 Created: 2018-05-14 Last updated: 2018-05-14Bibliographically approved

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