Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 467, 3172-3187 (2017/May-3)
VoIgt profile Parameter Estimation Routine (VIPER): H I photoionization rate at z < 0.5.
GAIKWAD P., SRIANAND R., CHOUDHURY T.R. and KHAIRE V.
Abstract (from CDS):
We have developed a parallel code called the VoIgt profile Parameter Estimation Routine (VIPER) for automatically fitting the H I Lyα forest seen in the spectra of quasi-stellar objects (QSOs). We obtained the H I column density distribution function (CDDF) and linewidth (b) parameter distribution for z < 0.45 using spectra of 82 QSOs obtained using the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph and VIPER. The consistency of these with existing measurements in the literature validates our code. By comparing this CDDF with those obtained from hydrodynamical simulations, we constrain the H I photoionization rate (Γ_ H I_) at z < 0.45 in four redshift bins. VIPER, together with the Code for Ionization and Temperature Evolution (CITE), which we developed for GADGET-2, allows us to explore parameter space and perform χ2 minimization to obtain Γ_ H I_. We notice that the b parameters from the simulations are smaller than those derived from observations. We show that the observed b parameter distribution and b versus logN_ H I_ scatter can be reproduced in simulations by introducing subgrid-scale turbulence. However, it has very little influence on the derived Γ_ H I_. The Γ_ H I_(z) obtained here, (3.9 ± 0.1) x 10–14 (1 + z)^4.98 ± 0.11^ s–1, is in good agreement with the values derived by us using flux-based statistics in a previous article. These values are consistent with the hydrogen ionizing ultraviolet (UV) background being dominated mainly by QSOs, without needing any contribution from non-standard sources of UV photons.
© 2017 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society
intergalactic medium - quasars: absorption lines - cosmological parameters - cosmology: observations - ultraviolet: galaxies - ultraviolet: galaxies
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