Dec 11 – 15, 2023
Tsung-Dao Lee Institute
Asia/Shanghai timezone

Astrophysical challenges in the post-reionization intergalactic medium: relics from cosmic reionization

Dec 11, 2023, 5:00 PM
Hall # 1

Hall # 1

Contributed talk in mini symposium Cosmology with large-scale structure


Paulo Montero-Camacho (Peng Cheng Lab)


The high-redshift nature of the post-reionization IGM makes it a promising avenue to constrain the nature of dark matter since nonlinearities are not as prominent as in low-redshift alternatives. Nevertheless, to fully unlock 21 cm intensity mapping and the Lyman-$\alpha$ forest, which are the two primary cosmological probes of the post-reionization era; we must first account for their respective responses to the reionization process or otherwise face large biases in the inference of cosmological parameters from current/near-term instruments like DESI and SKA. In this talk, I will explain the origin of the imprints of reionization in both 21 cm intensity mapping and the Lyman-$\alpha$ forest, quantify the strength of this novel broadband systematic, and establish their dependence on epoch of reionization and cosmic dawn astrophysics. Furthermore, I will introduce mitigation/separation techniques that allow for unbiased Bayesian inference of cosmological parameters in the post-reionization era.

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Paulo Montero-Camacho (Peng Cheng Lab)

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