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dc.contributor.authorMelia, Fulvio
dc.contributor.authorFatuzzo, Marco
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-29T19:38:39Z
dc.date.available2016-06-29T19:38:39Z
dc.date.issued2016-01-11
dc.identifier.citationThe epoch of reionization in the R h =  ct universe 2016, 456 (4):3422 Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Societyen
dc.identifier.issn0035-8711
dc.identifier.issn1365-2966
dc.identifier.doi10.1093/mnras/stv2902
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/615094
dc.description.abstractThe measured properties of the epoch of reionization (EoR) show that reionization probably began around $z\sim 12-15$ and ended by $z=6$. In addition, a careful analysis of the fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background indicate a scattering optical depth $\tau\sim 0.066\pm0.012$ through the EoR. In the context of $\Lambda$CDM, galaxies at intermediate redshifts and dwarf galaxies at higher redshifts now appear to be the principal sources of UV ionizing radiation, but only for an inferred (ionizing) escape fraction $f_{ion}\sim 0.2$, which is in tension with other observations that suggest a value as small as $\sim 0.05$. In this paper, we examine how reionization might have progressed in the alternative Friedmann-Robertson Walker cosmology known as the $R_{\rm h}=ct$ Universe, and determine the value of $f_{ion}$ required with this different rate of expansion. We find that $R_{\rm h}=ct$ accounts quite well for the currently known properties of the EoR, as long as its fractional baryon density falls within the reasonable range $0.026\lesssim \Omega_b\lesssim 0.037$. This model can also fit the EoR data with $f_{ion}\sim 0.05$, but only if the Lyman continuum photon production is highly efficient and $\Omega_b \sim 0.037$. These results are still preliminary, however, given their reliance on a particular form of the star-formation rate density, which is still uncertain at very high redshifts. It will also be helpful to reconsider the EoR in $R_{\rm h}=ct$ when complete structure formation models become available.
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherOXFORD UNIV PRESSen
dc.relation.urlhttp://mnras.oxfordjournals.org/lookup/doi/10.1093/mnras/stv2902en
dc.rights© 2016 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Societyen
dc.titleThe epoch of reionization in the R h = ct universeen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentThe University of Arizonaen
dc.identifier.journalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Societyen
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dc.eprint.versionFinal accepted manuscripten
refterms.dateFOA2018-09-11T14:06:43Z
html.description.abstractThe measured properties of the epoch of reionization (EoR) show that reionization probably began around $z\sim 12-15$ and ended by $z=6$. In addition, a careful analysis of the fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background indicate a scattering optical depth $\tau\sim 0.066\pm0.012$ through the EoR. In the context of $\Lambda$CDM, galaxies at intermediate redshifts and dwarf galaxies at higher redshifts now appear to be the principal sources of UV ionizing radiation, but only for an inferred (ionizing) escape fraction $f_{ion}\sim 0.2$, which is in tension with other observations that suggest a value as small as $\sim 0.05$. In this paper, we examine how reionization might have progressed in the alternative Friedmann-Robertson Walker cosmology known as the $R_{\rm h}=ct$ Universe, and determine the value of $f_{ion}$ required with this different rate of expansion. We find that $R_{\rm h}=ct$ accounts quite well for the currently known properties of the EoR, as long as its fractional baryon density falls within the reasonable range $0.026\lesssim \Omega_b\lesssim 0.037$. This model can also fit the EoR data with $f_{ion}\sim 0.05$, but only if the Lyman continuum photon production is highly efficient and $\Omega_b \sim 0.037$. These results are still preliminary, however, given their reliance on a particular form of the star-formation rate density, which is still uncertain at very high redshifts. It will also be helpful to reconsider the EoR in $R_{\rm h}=ct$ when complete structure formation models become available.


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