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2014MNRAS.440.2406M - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 440, 2406-2418 (2014/May-3)

The case against large intensity fluctuations in the z ∼ 2.5 He II Lyα forest.


Abstract (from CDS):

Previous studies of the 2.2 < z < 2.7 HeiiLyα forest measured much larger ionizing background fluctuations than are anticipated theoretically. We re-analyse recent Hubble Space Telescope data from the two Heii sightlines that have been used to make these measurements, HE 2347-4342 and HS 1700+6416, and find that the vast majority of the absorption is actually consistent with a single, spatially uniform Heii photoionization rate. We show that the data constrain the root mean square fractional fluctuation level smoothed over 1 Mpc to be <2 and discuss why other studies had found 10 times larger fluctuations. Our measurement is consistent with models in which quasars dominate the z = 2.5 metagalactic Heii-ionizing background (but it can accommodate less compelling models), and it suggests that quasars (rather than stars) are the dominant contributor to the Hi-ionizing background. We detect a Heii transverse proximity effect that is slightly offset in redshift from a known quasar. Its profile and offset may indicate that the quasar turned on 10 Myr ago.

Abstract Copyright: © 2014 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society (2014)

Journal keyword(s): intergalactic medium - quasars: absorption lines - diffuse radiation

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