Luminosity functions of lyα emitters at redshifts z = 6.5 and z = 5.7: Evidence against reionization at z ≤ 6.5

Sangeeta Malhotra, James E. Rhoads

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Abstract

The visibility of Lyα emission from galaxies should be suppressed substantially by a neutral intergalactic medium before reionization. Even after taking into account a local H u region produced by the galaxy and a velocity offset of Lyα, a factor of 3 attenuation in the line is unavoidable. We rule out such a suppression by comparing line luminosity functions of Lyα emitters at z = 6.5 and 5.7. The luminosity functions at z = 5.7 and z = 6.5 were constructed using published surveys over a range of depths and volumes. They constrain both characteristic luminosity L* and density φx. The luminosity functions at the two redshifts are statistically consistent with one another, and only one survey lies substantially off the luminosity function. We conclude that reionization was largely complete at z ≈ 6.5.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)L5-L8
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Volume617
Issue number1 II
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 10 2004

Keywords

  • Galaxies: evolution
  • Galaxies: formation
  • Galaxies: high-redshift
  • Galaxies: luminosity function, mass function
  • Intergalactic medium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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