We present results from the first high-resolution hydrodynamical simulations of non-Gaussian cosmological models. We focus on the statistical properties of the transmitted Lyman-α flux in the high-redshift intergalactic medium. Imprints of non-Gaussianity are present and are larger at high redshifts. Differences larger than 20 per cent at z > 3 in the flux probability distribution function for high-transmissivity regions (voids) are expected for values of the non-linearity parameter fNL = +/-100 when compared to a standard Λ cold dark matter cosmology with fNL = 0. We also investigate the one-dimensional flux bispectrum: at the largest scales (corresponding to tens of Mpc), we expect deviations in the flux bispectrum up to 20 per cent at z ~ 4 (for fNL = +/-100), significantly larger than deviations of ~3 per cent in the flux power spectrum. We briefly discuss possible systematic errors that can contaminate the signal. Although challenging, a detection of non-Gaussianities in the interesting regime of scales and redshifts probed by the Lyman-α forest could be possible with future data sets.
|Titolo:||Primordial non-Gaussianities in the intergalactic medium|
|Autori:||VIEL M; BRANCHINI E; DOLAG K; GROSSI M; MATARRESE S.; MOSCARDINI L|
|Rivista:||MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2009|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1111/j.1365-2966.2008.14236.x|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Journal article|