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1 Nick Gnedin

2 Epigraph Why is reionization interesting? I think the way to think about it is that it was the last time when most baryons got together and did something together. After that they kind of did their own thing. Peng Oh

3 Outline  The brief history of time.  How to reionize the universe.  Simulations of yesterday: successes and limitations.  Homework: improving physics of star formation.  CROC Project: ultimate reionization simulations.  It pays off to do things right…

4 The Brief History of Time Today: z=0 t=13.7 Gyr End of inflation: z=10 27 t= s Recombination: z=1089 t=379 kyr

5 The Brief History of Time ionized neutralionized RE-IONIZATION

6 How To Reionize Universe  Ionizing radiation must be produced by some sources (galaxies, quasars, gamma-ray bursts, dark matter annihilation, laser-armed alien spaceships).  As ionizing photons propagate through space, they will be consumed in ionizing neutral atoms.  They can also be absorbed by other sinks – hence, wasted from the point of view of reionization.

7 Sources: Galaxies  To the best of our knowledge today, reionization is produced by stars.  Stars only form inside galaxies. Galaxy LF at z=6 (Bouwens et al. 2006) Need ~50 Mpc box (do not forget bias!)

8 Sources: Quasars  QSOs are efficient producers of ionizing radiation.  The only problem – they are too rare at z>3.

9 Sinks: Lyman-Limit Systems

10  LL systems limit the Mean Free Path of an ionizing photon (a source cannot ionize a very distant atom).

11 Simulating Reionization: Scales  Capturing most of star-forming galaxies requires boxes > 50 Mpc (comoving).  Resolving LL system requires resolution ~ 1 kpc.  Resolving star formation requires resolution ~ pc (depends on your sub-grid model).  Resolving all star-forming galaxies requires mass resolution of about 10 7 M .  Conclusion: we need simulations with  spatial dynamic range L/  x > 100,000  mass dynamic range M box /M cell > 1 billion

12 Simulating Reionization: Physics  Dark matter  Gas dynamics  Atomic processes (cooling, H 2 chemistry)  Radiative transfer of ionizing+UV radiation  Star formation and stellar feedback Problem is not only in the lack of complete understanding, but also in the huge spatial dynamic range that needs to be modeled. Star formation today can only be modeled as a sub-grid model.

13 Simulations: The First Decade ( ) Small boxLarge box physicsfullincomplete spatial resolutionhighlow mass resolutionhighhigh dynamic rangelowhigh volumesmalllarge

14 Simulations: The First Decade ( )

15 Refresher: Ly-  Forest Intrinsic spectrum Absorbed flux Transmitted flux

16 Quiz: find the SDSS Quasar

17 Where Do We Go Next?  One can run bigger simulations today than yesterday, but what’s the point if we do not model physics right?  We have homework!  #1: Figure out how to model star formation (sufficiently accurately for our purposes).  #2: Figure out how to model stellar feedback.

18 Homework #1: Star Formation  2000s SF:  2010s SF: GasStars Atomic Gas Stars Molecular Gas Modeling (calibrated with observations) Observations

19 Kennicutt-Schmidt Relation (Bigiel et al 2011)  Works on scales > 100 pc   may or may not be the same at z=0 and z=2.

20 Homework #2: Stellar Feedback  2010s feedback: We were looking in the dark room for an exit, and we grabbed something that felt like a door knob…

21 “Blastwave” Model  All one needs to do to make a realistic galaxy in a cosmological simulation is to switch off cooling in a star forming region for ~10 Myr.  It is a numerical trick, but several real physical processes that operate on <1 pc scales manifest themselves on ~100 pc scale as if cooling was switched off: Radiation pressure Thermal pressure of coronal gas Dynamic pressure of tubulence Pressure of cosmic rays

22 Moore’s Law Summer 2013Fall 2014

23 Covering The Gap  With peta-scale computing power we can run large-box simulations with full physics. Small boxLarge box physicsfullincompletefull spatial resolutionhighlowhigh mass resolutionhighhighhigh dynamic rangelowhighhigh volumesmalllargelarge Yesterday Today

24 The CROC Project: Simulations    x = 100/200 pc with AMR (Deep/Shallow)    < 10 6 M   Sets of boxes: Low/ Med/High Small 20 CHIMP, / / Medium 40 CHIMP, / Large80 CHIMP, / “Ultimate” simulation

25 Small box size Medium mass resolution Shallow spatial resolution The CROC Project: Simulations Mass Space Large box size High mass resolution Deep spatial resolution 100 pc 200 pc20 Mpc/h80 Mpc/h 10 6 M  10 7 M 

26 The CROC Project: Convergence   Numerical convergence:  Medium resolution runs converge to 70% at z=6  High resolution runs converge to 90% at z=6 and to 70% at z=9

27 The CROC Project: Survival Test #1  Galaxy UV luminosity functions:  Sources are modeled correctly (at least at z>5).

28 The CROC Project: Survival Test #2  Gunn-Peterson optical depth:  Sinks are modeled correctly. (Becker at al 2014)

29 Example 1: Backreaction of Reionization on Galaxies  Reionization suppresses gas accretion on low mass halos (“photoevaporation”).  Reionization may affect global star formation rate (“Barkana & Loeb effect”). (Barkana & Loeb 2000)  One of JWST science goals.

30 Backreaction: Gas Fractions  Match Okamoto et al (2008) results exactly (after reionization, of course). 

31 Backreaction: Barkana-Loeb Effect  There is no feature at reionization: “Barkana-Loeb” effects does not exist. 

32 Backreaction: Faint-End Slope  Faint-end slope of UV luminosity function varies by for.

33 Backreaction: Why?  Galaxies affected by photoionization contain no molecular gas. Gas fractions Molecular gas

34 Example 2. Ionizations from DM Annihilation  If the  -ray signal from Galactic Center is dark matter annihilation, annihilation also contributed ~20% of ionizing photons during reionization. (Cirelli et al 2009)

35 And Many More…  The quintessential question: does reionization proceed inside-out or outside-in? Answer: both (first inside-out, later outside-in).  Evidence that dynamical processes of cosmic dust formation and evolution affect (read: can be studied via) reionization.  Clear demonstration that SDSS is the best (i.e. one cannot improve much on constraints from high-z SDSS quasars, no matter how much telescope time one throws at it).  …

36 Observations Are Coming  The next observational breakthroughs in studying reionization will happen soon: Radio observations of the redshifted 21cm emission from neutral hydrogen during reionization will map the structure of ionized bubbles. JWST/GMT/TMT will provide detailed view on reionization sources.

37 Redshifted 21 cm in 2013  Precision Array for Probing the Epoch of Reionization (PAPER)  Murchison Widefield Array (MWA)  …

38 Redshifted 21 cm in 2013

39 3 orders of magnitude passed. 1 to go…

40 Redshifted 21 cm Tomorrow  Progress in measuring the redshifted 21 cm is mind-blowing.  ¾ of the way already passed with ~50% reduced funding.  The actual detection by ~ is likely.

41 Conclusions  Supercomputing power has passed the “sustained peta-scale” mark.  That power is just right for modeling cosmic reionization numerically.  The first realistic (i.e. modeling both sources and sinks correctly) simulations of reionization are currently being worked on by several groups (CROC including).  These simulations help us learn about the diverse range of physical phenomena: from cosmic dust to dark matter.

42 The End


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