Are we witnessing the epoch of reionization at z = 7.1 from the spectrum of J1120 0641?
B Greig, A Mesinger, Z Haiman, RA Simcoe
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society | Oxford University Press (OUP) | Published : 2017
We quantify the presence of Lyα damping wing absorption from a partially neutral intergalactic medium (IGM) in the spectrum of the z = 7.08 QSO, ULASJ1120+0641. Using a Bayesian framework, we simultaneously account for uncertainties in: (i) the intrinsic QSO emission spectrum; and (ii) the distribution of cosmic H I patches during the epoch of reionization (EoR). For (i), we use a new intrinsic Lyα emission line reconstruction method, sampling a covariance matrix of emission line properties built from a large data base of moderate-z QSOs. For (ii), we use the Evolution of 21-cm Structure (EOS; Mesinger et al.) simulations, which span a range of physically motivated EoR models. We find strong..View full abstract