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titleSPICA as a Probe of Cosmic Reionization
Author(jpn)Zackrisson, Erik; 井上, 昭雄
Author(eng)Zackrisson, Erik; Inoue, Akio K.
Author Affiliation(jpn)Stockholm University; 大阪産業大学
Author Affiliation(eng)Stockholm University; Osaka Sangyo University
Issue Date2018-03-09
PublisherJapan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
Publication titleJAXA Special Publication: Proceedings of the SPICA Science Conference from Exoplanets to Distant Galaxies: SPICA's New Window on the Cool Universe
Start page83
End page85
Publication date2018-03-09
AbstractCurrent data indicate that the reionization of the Universe was complete by redshift z approx. 6-7, and while the sources responsible for this process have yet to be identified, star-forming galaxies are often considered the most likely candidates. However, the contribution from z greater than 6 galaxies to cosmic reionization critically depends on the fraction of ionizing (Lyman continuum, LyC) photons escaping from these objects and into the intergalactic medium. At z less than or equal to 4, the escaping LyC flux can be measured directly, but the opacity of the neutral intergalactic medium precludes such measurements at higher redshifts. In a recent paper, we argue that since the LyC escape fraction regulates the contribution of nebular emission to the rest-frame optical/UV spectra of galaxies, the James Webb Space Telescope should be able to indirectly assess the LyC escape fraction for galaxies at z approx. 6-9. JWST can, on the other hand, not constrain the fraction of LyC photons directly absorbed by dust, and this is where SPICA comes in. The dust continuum emission from gravitationally lensed LyC-leakers at z approx. 6 may in principle be detectable with SPICA, thereby constraining the level of LyC extinction in these objects.
DescriptionMeeting Information: SPICA Science Conference from Exoplanets to Distant Galaxies: SPICA's New Window on the Cool Universe (June 18-21, 2013. Ito Hall, the University of Tokyo), Bunkyou-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Physical characteristics: Original contains color illustrations
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Document TypeConference Paper
JAXA Category特別資料
NASA Subject CategoryAstronomy
Report NoJAXA-SP-17-010E

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