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题名: Ly alpha leaks in the absorption spectra of high-redshift quasi-stellar objects
作者: Liu, Jiren1; Bi, Hongguang2, 3; Fang, Li-Zhi1
刊名: ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL LETTERS
出版日期: 2007-12-20
卷号: 671, 期号:2, 页码:L89-L92
关键词: cosmology : theory ; intergalactic medium
文章类型: Article
英文摘要: Spectra of high-redshift QSOs show deep Gunn-Peterson absorptions on the blue sides of the Ly alpha emissions lines. They can be decomposed into components called Ly alpha leaks, defined to be emissive regions in complementary to otherwise zero-flux absorption gaps. Just like Ly alpha absorption forests at low redshifts, Ly alpha leaks are easy to find in observations and contain rich sets of statistical properties that can be used to study the early evolution of the intergalactic medium (IGM). Among all properties of a leak profile, we investigate its equivalent width in this paper, since it is weakly affected by instrumental resolution and noise. Using 10 Keck QSO spectra at z similar to 6, we have measured the number density distribution function n(W,z), defined to be the number of leaks per equivalent width W and per redshift z in the redshift range 5.4 - 6.0. These new observational statistics, in both the differential and cumulative forms, fit well to hydrodynamic simulations of uniform ionizing background in the Lambda CDM cosmology. In this model, Ly alpha leaks are mainly due to low-density voids. It supports the early studies that the IGM at z similar or equal to 6 would still be in a highly ionized state with a neutral hydrogen fraction similar or equal to 10(-4). Measurements of n(W, z) at z > 6 would be effective to probe the reionization of the IGM.
WOS标题词: Science & Technology ; Physical Sciences
类目[WOS]: Astronomy & Astrophysics
研究领域[WOS]: Astronomy & Astrophysics
关键词[WOS]: GUNN-PETERSON TROUGH ; COSMIC REIONIZATION ; Z-SIMILAR-TO-6 QUASARS ; INTERGALACTIC MEDIUM ; PATCHY REIONIZATION ; EVOLUTION ; EPOCH ; GALAXIES
收录类别: SCI
语种: 英语
WOS记录号: WOS:000255231700001
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URI标识: http://libir.pmo.ac.cn/handle/332002/15861
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作者单位: 1.Univ Arizona, Dept Phys, Tucson, AZ 85721 USA
2.Acad Sinica, Purple Mt Observ, Nanjing 210008, Peoples R China
3.Chinese Acad Sci, Natl Astron Observ, Beijing, Peoples R China
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