Effects of the sources of reionization on 21-cm redshift-space distortions

Majumdar, S., Jensen, H., Mellema, G., Chapman, E., Abdalla, F. B., Lee, K-Y., Iliev, I. T., Dixon, K. L., Datta, K. K., Ciardi, B., Fernandez, E. R., Jelić, V., Koopmans, L. V. E. & Zaroubi, S., 2016, In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 456, 2, p. 2080-2094 15 p.

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  • Suman Majumdar
  • Hannes Jensen
  • Garrelt Mellema
  • Emma Chapman
  • Filipe B. Abdalla
  • Kai-Yan Lee
  • Ilian T. Iliev
  • Keri L. Dixon
  • Kanan K. Datta
  • Benedetta Ciardi
  • Elizabeth R. Fernandez
  • Vibor Jelić
  • Léon V. E. Koopmans
  • Saleem Zaroubi
The observed 21 cm signal from the epoch of reionization will be distorted along the line of sight by the peculiar velocities of matter particles. These redshift-space distortions will affect the contrast in the signal and will also make it anisotropic. This anisotropy contains information about the cross-correlation between the matter density field and the neutral hydrogen field, and could thus potentially be used to extract information about the sources of reionization. In this paper, we study a collection of simulated reionization scenarios assuming different models for the sources of reionization. We show that the 21 cm anisotropy is best measured by the quadrupole moment of the power spectrum. We find that, unless the properties of the reionization sources are extreme in some way, the quadrupole moment evolves very predictably as a function of global neutral fraction. This predictability implies that redshift-space distortions are not a very sensitive tool for distinguishing between reionization sources. However, the quadrupole moment can be used as a model-independent probe for constraining the reionization history. We show that such measurements can be done to some extent by first-generation instruments such as LOFAR, while the SKA should be able to measure the reionization history using the quadrupole moment of the power spectrum to great accuracy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2080-2094
Number of pages15
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • methods: numerical, dark ages, reionization, first stars

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