X-Ray Absorption by the Hot Intergalactic Medium
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CitationPerna, Rosalba, and Abraham Loeb. 1998. “X-Ray Absorption by the Hot Intergalactic Medium.” The Astrophysical Journal 503 (2): L135–38. https://doi.org/10.1086/311544.
AbstractThe current census of observed baryons in the local universe is still missing a significant fraction of them according to standard big bang nucleosynthesis. Numerical simulations predict that most of the missing baryons are in a hot intergalactic medium, which is difficult to observe through its X-ray emission or the Sunyaev-Zeldovich effect. We show that the next generation of X-ray satellites will be able to detect this gas through the X-ray absorption lines imprinted by its highly ionized metals on the spectrum of a background quasar. For the metallicity typically found in intracluster gas, up to 70% of the baryons produce O VIII absorption lines with an equivalent width greater than or similar to 0.1 eV. The spectrum of any high-redshift quasar is expected to show several such lines per unit redshift due to intervening gaseous hares of galaxy groups. These lines will be detectable at a signal-to-noise ratio of greater than or similar to 5 after a day of integration with the future Constellation-X telescope for any of the several tens of the brightest quasars across the sky.
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