Reionization on Large Scales. Iv. Predictions for the 21 Cm Signal Incorporating the Light Cone Effect
La Plante, P.
Peterson, J. B.
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CitationLa Plante, P., N. Battaglia, A. Natarajan, J. B. Peterson, H. Trac, R. Cen, and A. Loeb. 2014. “REIONIZATION ON LARGE SCALES. IV. PREDICTIONS FOR THE 21 Cm SIGNAL INCORPORATING THE LIGHT CONE EFFECT.” The Astrophysical Journal 789 (1): 31. https://doi.org/10.1088/0004-637x/789/1/31.
AbstractWe present predictions for the 21 cm brightness temperature power spectrum during the Epoch of Reionization (EoR). We discuss the implications of the "light cone" effect, which incorporates evolution of the neutral hydrogen fraction and 21 cm brightness temperature along the line of sight. Using a novel method calibrated against radiation-hydrodynamic simulations, we model the neutral hydrogen density field and 21 cm signal in large volumes (L = 2 Gpc h(-1)). The inclusion of the light cone effect leads to a relative decrease of about 50% in the 21 cm power spectrum on all scales. We also find that the effect is more prominent at the midpoint of reionization and later. The light cone effect can also introduce an anisotropy along the line of sight. By decomposing the 3D power spectrum into components perpendicular to and along the line of sight, we find that in our fiducial reionization model, there is no significant anisotropy. However, parallel modes can contribute up to 40% more power for shorter reionization scenarios. The scales on which the light cone effect is relevant are comparable to scales where one measures the baryon acoustic oscillation. We argue that due to its large comoving scale and introduction of anisotropy, the light cone effect is important when considering redshift space distortions and future application to the Alcock-Paczynski test for the determination of cosmological parameters.
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