We compare the low redshift (z ~ 0.1) Lyman-alpha forest from hydrodynamical simulations with data from the Cosmic Origin Spectrograph (COS). We find tension between the observed number of lines with b-parameters in the range 25-45 km/s and the predictions from simulations that incorporate either vigorous feedback from active galactic nuclei or that exclude feedback altogether. The gas in these simulations is, respectively, either too hot to contribute to the Lyman-alpha absorption or too cold to produce the required line widths. Matching the observed b-parameter distribution therefore requires feedback processes that thermally or turbulently broaden the absorption features without collisionally (over-)ionising hydrogen. This suggests the Lyman-alpha forest b-parameter distribution is a valulable diagnostic of galactic feedback in the low redshift Universe. We furthermore confirm the low redshift Lyman-alpha forest column density distribution is better reproduced by an ultraviolet background with an HI photo-ionisation rate a factor 1.5-3 higher than predicted by Haardt & Madau (2012).

Diagnosing galactic feedback with line broadening in the low redshift Lyman-α forest / Viel, Matteo; Haehnelt, Martin G.; Bolton, James S.; Kim, Tae Sun; Puchwein, Ewald; Nasir, Fahad; Wakker, Bart P.. - In: MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY. LETTERS. - ISSN 1745-3925. - 467:1(2017), pp. 86-90. [10.1093/mnrasl/slx004]

Diagnosing galactic feedback with line broadening in the low redshift Lyman-α forest

Viel, Matteo;
2017

Abstract

We compare the low redshift (z ~ 0.1) Lyman-alpha forest from hydrodynamical simulations with data from the Cosmic Origin Spectrograph (COS). We find tension between the observed number of lines with b-parameters in the range 25-45 km/s and the predictions from simulations that incorporate either vigorous feedback from active galactic nuclei or that exclude feedback altogether. The gas in these simulations is, respectively, either too hot to contribute to the Lyman-alpha absorption or too cold to produce the required line widths. Matching the observed b-parameter distribution therefore requires feedback processes that thermally or turbulently broaden the absorption features without collisionally (over-)ionising hydrogen. This suggests the Lyman-alpha forest b-parameter distribution is a valulable diagnostic of galactic feedback in the low redshift Universe. We furthermore confirm the low redshift Lyman-alpha forest column density distribution is better reproduced by an ultraviolet background with an HI photo-ionisation rate a factor 1.5-3 higher than predicted by Haardt & Madau (2012).
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10.1093/mnrasl/slx004
https://arxiv.org/abs/1610.02046
Viel, Matteo; Haehnelt, Martin G.; Bolton, James S.; Kim, Tae Sun; Puchwein, Ewald; Nasir, Fahad; Wakker, Bart P.
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