Lyα emitters at z= 6.5 in the SSA22 field: An area more neutral or void at the end of the re-ionization epoch

E. Nakamura, A. K. Inoue*, T. Hayashino, M. Horie, K. Kousai, T. Fujii, Y. Matsuda

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We present results of a survey of Lyα emitters (LAEs) at z= 6.5 which is thought to be the final epoch of the cosmic re-ionization. In a ≈530arcmin2 deep image of the SSA22 field taken through a narrow-band filter NB912 installed in the Subaru/Suprime-Cam, we have found only 14 LAE candidates with LLyα≳ 3 × 1042ergs-1. Even applying the same colour selection criteria, the number density of the LAE candidates is a factor of 3 smaller than that found at the same redshift in the Subaru Deep Field (SDF). Assuming the number density in the SDF is a cosmic average, the probability to have a number density equal to or smaller than that found in the SSA22 field is only 7 per cent if we consider fluctuation by the large-scale structure (i.e. cosmic variance) and Poisson error. Therefore, the SSA22 field may be a rare void at z= 6.5. On the other hand, we have found that the number density of i'-drop galaxies with 25.5 < z' < 26.0 in the SSA22 field agrees well with that in the SDF. If we consider a scenario that a larger neutral fraction of intergalactic hydrogen, xHI, in the SSA22 field obscures a part of Lyα emission, xHI in the SSA22 field should be about two times larger than that in the SDF. This can be translated into xHI < 0.9 at z= 6.5 in the SSA22 field. A much larger survey area than previous ones is required to overcome a large fluctuation reported here and to obtain a robust constraint on xHI at the end of the re-ionization from LAEs.

本文言語English
ページ(範囲)2579-2586
ページ数8
ジャーナルMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
412
4
DOI
出版ステータスPublished - 2011 4月
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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 天文学と天体物理学
  • 宇宙惑星科学

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