We compare the predictions of four different algorithms for the distribution of ionized gas during the Epoch of Reionization. These algorithms are all used to run a 100Mpch-1 simulation of reionization with the same initial conditions. Two of the algorithms are state-of-the-art ray-tracing radiative transfer codes that use disparate methods to calculate the ionization history. The other two algorithms are fast but more approximate schemes based on iterative applications of a smoothing filter on the underlying source and density fields. We compare these algorithms' resulting ionization and 21-cm fields using several different statistical measures. The two radiative transfer schemes are in excellent agreement judging by the power spectra of both the ionization fields and the 21-cm emission fields (agreeing to better than 10 per cent) and are in good agreement with the analytic schemes (better than 50 per cent) over the range of ionized fractions and wavevectors we compare (Mpc-1). This agreement suggests that the different approximations involved in the ray-tracing algorithms are sensible and that seminumerical schemes provide a numerically inexpensive, yet fairly accurate, description of the reionization process. © 2011 The Authors Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society © 2011 RAS.

Comparison of reionization models: radiative transfer simulations and approximate, seminumeric models

MESINGER, ANDREI ALBERT;
2011

Abstract

We compare the predictions of four different algorithms for the distribution of ionized gas during the Epoch of Reionization. These algorithms are all used to run a 100Mpch-1 simulation of reionization with the same initial conditions. Two of the algorithms are state-of-the-art ray-tracing radiative transfer codes that use disparate methods to calculate the ionization history. The other two algorithms are fast but more approximate schemes based on iterative applications of a smoothing filter on the underlying source and density fields. We compare these algorithms' resulting ionization and 21-cm fields using several different statistical measures. The two radiative transfer schemes are in excellent agreement judging by the power spectra of both the ionization fields and the 21-cm emission fields (agreeing to better than 10 per cent) and are in good agreement with the analytic schemes (better than 50 per cent) over the range of ionized fractions and wavevectors we compare (Mpc-1). This agreement suggests that the different approximations involved in the ray-tracing algorithms are sensible and that seminumerical schemes provide a numerically inexpensive, yet fairly accurate, description of the reionization process. © 2011 The Authors Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society © 2011 RAS.
2011
Cosmology: theory; Dark ages, reionization, first stars; Diffuse radiation; Intergalactic medium; Large-scale structure of Universe;
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