We present an analysis of high-resolution hydrodynamical N-body simulations of coupled dark energy cosmologies which focuses on the statistical properties of the transmitted Lyman alpha flux in the high-redshift intergalactic medium (IGM). In these models the growth of the diffuse cosmic web differs from the standard Lambda CDM case: the density distribution is skewed towards underdense regions and the matter power spectra are typically larger (in a scale-dependent way). These differences are also appreciable in the Lyman alpha flux and are larger than 5 per cent (10 per cent) at z = 2-4 in the flux probability distribution function (pdf) for high-transmissivity regions and for values of the coupling parameter beta = 0.08 (beta = 0.2). The flux power spectrum is also affected at the similar to 2 per cent (similar to 5-10 per cent) level for beta = 0.08 (beta = 0.2) in a redshift-dependent way. We infer the behaviour of flux pdf and flux power for a reasonable range of couplings and present constraints using present high-and low-resolution data sets. We find an upper limit beta less than or similar to 0.15 (at 2 sigma confidence level), which is obtained using only IGM data and is competitive with those inferred from other large-scale structure probes.
|Titolo:||The impact of coupled dark energy cosmologies on the high-redshift intergalactic medium|
|Autori:||Baldi, M.; Viel, M.|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2010|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1111/j.1745-3933.2010.00954.x|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Journal article|