Journal article

Reionisation & Cosmic Dawn Astrophysics from the Square Kilometre Array: Impact of Observing Strategies

Bradley Greig, Andrei Mesinger, Léon VE Koopmans

Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society | Oxford University Press (OUP)

Abstract

Abstract Interferometry of the cosmic 21-cm signal is set to revolutionise our understanding of the Epoch of Reionisation (EoR) and the Cosmic Dawn (CD). The culmination of ongoing efforts will be the upcoming Square Kilometre Array (SKA), which will provide tomography of the 21-cm signal from the first billion years of our Universe. Using a galaxy formation model informed by high-z luminosity functions, here we forecast the accuracy with which the first phase of SKA-low (SKA1-low) can constrain the properties of the unseen galaxies driving the astrophysics of the EoR and CD. We consider three observing strategies: (i) deep (1000h on a single field); (ii) medium-deep (100hr on..

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