29 Apr 2016

  • (abs, pdf) Sparre & Springel, Zooming in on major mergers: dense, starbursting gas in cosmological simulations
  • (abs, pdf) Dijkstra & Gronke, The LyA-LyC Connection: Evidence for an Enhanced Contribution of UV-faint Galaxies to Cosmic Reionization
  • (abs, pdf) Keller et al., Cosmological Galaxy Evolution with Superbubble Feedback II: The Limits of Supernovae

New Paper: First Galaxy Properties and Reionization

Yesterday, we submitted a new paper (arXiv) focusing on the physical properties of the first generations of galaxies in the universe and their role during cosmic reionization.  This effort was led by Hao Xu at UC – San Diego. We analyzed all of the metal-enriched galaxies in the Renaissance Simulations in three different large-scale environments. We found that the galaxy properties are broadly independent on environment and redshift, given that they form during the epoch of reionization. These low-mass galaxies are largely responsible for providing the bulk of ionizing photons to reionization with the fraction of UV photons escaping into the intergalactic medium increasing with decreasing halo mass (~5% at 10^8 solar masses and 40-60% at 10^7 solar masses).  However these small galaxies are vulnerable to feedback suppressing star formation for large periods of time.  Here we quantify this “galaxy-halo occupation fraction” and find that it’s a increasing value (from 10% at 10^7 solar masses to 100% at 3 x 10^8 solar masses) as halos can cool through atomic transitions around 10^8 solar masses.

Congratulations Austin and Collin!

Two of my undergraduate researchers have secured positions that will further their careers.

  • Collin Cunningham, an applied math major, is graduating this semester, and he will be going to the Technical University of Denmark to receive his Masters in mathematical modeling. He has been working on increasing the accuracy of the ray tracing module in Enzo by creating an exact overlap model of the rays on a Cartesian grid.
  • Austin Gilbert, a 2nd year physics major, is going to the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) this summer as an REU student, working in Matthew Turk’s Data Exploration Lab. He has been investigating the importance of molecular hydrogen cooling in the first stars and galaxies and has been developing a GUI for yt.