Below plots show first results of our new radiative transfer code for meshless structures applied to individual halos in the IllustrisTNG simulations.
Lyman-alpha emitter after radiative transfer. Surface brightness in erg/s/cm$^2$/arcsec$^2$. Lyman-alpha emitter after radiative transfer. Artificially lowered neutral hydrogen density by a factor of $10$, revealing the radiative transfer smoothing out the emission from the star forming regions. Surface brightness in erg/s/cm$^2$/arcsec$^2$. The neutral hydrogen column density responsible for scattering out the injected photons in star forming regions.
Lyman-alpha emitters (LAEs) show a rich variety of spectral shapes due to the emission line’s resonant nature and typically high optical depths. While there is a large body of literature exploring how small-scale density and velocity distributions can explain this variety of features in spectra, the intergalactic medium (IGM) has often been neglecting as a contributing factor for such features.
Above sketch helps visualizing how the IGM density and velocity structure along a line-of-sight give rise to an attenuation profile possibly shaping the arising spectrum.
An increasing amount of astrophysical and cosmological simulations are carried out on a moving unstructed mesh defined by the Voronoi tessellation.
Lately, we expanded the priorly used code in Behrens et al., 2019 (public version here) to work on such meshless structure. This will ensure the code’s relevance in the future and application to new simulations that would not have been able to be processed with prior code due to the larger memory requirement due to an intermediate interpolation step.