The intrinsic strength of the Ly α line in young, star-forming systems makes it a special tool for studying high-redshift galaxies. However, interpreting observations remains challenging due to the complex radiative transfer involved. Here, we combine state-of-the-art hydrodynamical simulations of 'Altha', a prototypical Lyman Break Galaxy (LBG; stellar mass Mθ ≃ 1010Mθ) at z = 7.2, with detailed radiative transfer computations of dust/continuum, [C II]158 μm, and Ly α to clarify the relation between the galaxy properties and its Ly α emission. Altha exhibits low (fα <1 per cent) Ly α escape fractions and equivalent widths, EW ≲6 for the simulated lines of sight, with a large scatter. The correlation between escape fraction and inclination is weak, as a result of the rather chaotic structure of high-redshift galaxies. Low fα values persist even if we artificially remove neutral gas around star-forming regions to mimic the presence of HII regions. The high attenuation is primarily caused by dust clumps co-located with young stellar clusters. We can turn Altha into a Lyman Alpha Emitter (LAE) only if we artificially remove dust from the clumps, yielding EWs up to 22 Our study suggests that the LBG-LAE duty-cycle required by recent clustering measurements poses the challenging problem of a dynamically changing dust attenuation. Finally, we find an anticorrelation between the magnitude of Ly α-[C II] line velocity shift and Ly α luminosity.
|Titolo:||Ly α emission from galaxies in the Epoch of Reionization|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2019|
|Parole Chiave:||(cosmology:) dark ages, reionization, first stars.; galaxies: high-redshift; radiative transfer|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stz980|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|