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ICCUB SEMINAR – Radiative Transfer Modeling of Lyman-Alpha Emitters as a Probe of Reionization

ICCUB SEMINAR - Radiative Transfer Modeling of Lyman-Alpha Emitters as a Probe of Reionization
Start
02-21-2018
End
02-21-2018
Speaker
Raphael Sadoun
Affiliation
ICCUB
Host
ICCUB - IEEC
Place
DAM seminar room (724), 7th floor

ABSTRACT


Reionization is the last major phase transition in the Universe during which the Intergalactic medium (IGM) changed from a fully neutral to highly ionized state. As Lyman-alpha emission from star-forming galaxies is sensitive to the neutral gas environment, Lyman-alpha emitters (LAEs) are among the few observational probes to the reionization process. I will present results from radiative transfer calculations aimed at modeling the Lyman-alpha properties of LAEs during reionization. I will first show how the expected variation in the ionizing UV background level during reionization can account for the observed evolution in the fraction of Lyman-alpha emitters among dropout galaxies at z~6-7. I will also describe our work on the statistical properties of LAEs at high-z from radiative transfer modeling of galaxies in high-resolution cosmological reionization simulations. As the simulation outputs are chosen to match the targeted redshifts of upcoming narrowband LAE surveys, our study provides an important tool to help interpreting future observations.
Contact email
jmiralda(a)fqa.ub.edu