The effect of peculiar velocities on the epoch of reionization 21-cm signal
2013 (English)In: Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, ISSN 0035-8711, E-ISSN 1365-2966, Vol. 434, no 3, 1978-198 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We have used seminumerical simulations of reionization to study the behaviour of the power spectrum of the epoch of reionization 21-cm signal in redshift space. We have considered two models of reionization, one which has homogeneous recombination (HR) and the other incorporating inhomogeneous recombination (IR). We have estimated the observable quantities – quadrupole and monopole moments of H i power spectrum at redshift space from our simulated data. We find that the magnitude and nature of the ratio between the quadrupole and monopole moments of the power spectrum (Ps2/Ps0) can be a possible probe for the epoch of reionization. We observe that this ratio becomes negative at large scales for x¯HI≤0.7 irrespective of the reionization model, which is a direct signature of an inside-out reionization at large scales. It is possible to qualitatively interpret the results of the simulations in terms of the fluctuations in the matter distribution and the fluctuations in the neutral fraction which have power spectra and cross-correlation PΔΔ(k), Pxx(k) and PΔx(k), respectively. We find that at large scales the fluctuations in matter density and neutral fraction are exactly anticorrelated through all stages of reionization. This provides a simple picture where we are able to qualitatively interpret the behaviour of the redshift-space power spectra at large scales with varying x¯HI entirely in terms of a just two quantities, namely x¯HI and the ratio Pxx/PΔΔ. The nature of PΔx becomes different for HR and IR scenarios at intermediate and small scales. We further find that it is possible to distinguish between an inside-out and an outside-in reionization scenario from the nature of the ratio Ps2/Ps0 at intermediate length scales.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford University Press, 2013. Vol. 434, no 3, 1978-198 p.
methods: data analysis, cosmology: theory, diffuse radiation
Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
Research subject Astronomy
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-92726DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stt1144ISI: 000323639900014OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-92726DiVA: diva2:641447
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), India 9/81 (1099)/10-EMR-I2013-08-162013-08-162013-10-01Bibliographically approved