Clustering Distortions from Lyman-alpha Radiative Transfer

Introduction Lyman-$\alpha$ emitters and their intensity map are powerful probes of the large-scale structure. Given typically very high optical depths, scatterings with neutral hydrogen have a non-negligible impact on the observed distribution of Lyman-$\alpha$ photons. To study this in detail, we run a suit of radiative transfer (RT) simulations on the Illustris simulation and investigate two possible distortion effects arising from RT in real space as well as in redshift space for the two-point correlation function.

Clustering Distortions from Lyman-alpha Radiative Transfer - A short introduction

Clustering Distortions from Lyman-alpha Radiative Transfer

Cosmological radiative transfer simulations of Lyman-alpha emission: the impact on the galaxy clustering

Impacts of the Large Scale Structure on Detected Lyman Alpha Emitters

In 1967 Partridge and Peebles theorized that young galaxies at high redshifts emitting Lyman-α photons might be a suitable tracer of large-scale structure. Those distant galaxies of high Lyman-α emission, so-called Lyman Alpha Emitters (LAEs) can be used to constrain the cosmological standard model at high redshifts and furthermore allow insight for the environment of those galaxies. The Lyman-α line corresponds to the energy difference from the ground state to the first excited state of neutral hydrogen.

Radiative Transfer Simulations of Lyman Alpha Emitters on Cosmological Scales