EAS Publications Series
Volume 44, 2010JENAM 2008: Grand Challenges in Computational Astrophysics
|Page(s)||45 - 48|
|Published online||20 January 2011|
H. Wozniak and G. Hensler (eds)
EAS Publications Series, 44 (2010) 45-48
Cosmological Radiative Transfer and the Line-of-Sight Proximity Effect
Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam, An der Sternwarte 16, 14482
2 Institute of Astronomy, University of Vienna, Türkenschanzstrasse 17, 1180 Vienna, Austria
We study the proximity effect around high redshift quasars in dependence on the quasar redshift and environment using 3D continuum radiative transfer simulations. Snapshots of dark matter only simulations at redshift 3, 4, and 4.9 are mapped to hydrogen densities and temperatures using an effective equation of state. The overionization zone around QSOs with luminosities LνHI = 1031and1032 ergHz-1s-1 is studied in a UV background field in radiation equilibrium. By analyzing synthetic spectra of lines of sight originating at the QSO, the proximity effect is studied. We find that the quasar spectral energy distribution, diffusion and shadowing due to Lyman Limit systems play a role in the signal. Density inhomogeneities around the QSO are responsible for a large scatter around the mean proximity effect seen in all simulated QSO spectra. This scatter is larger than the differences arising from varying quasar host environments.
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