Reionization and the cosmic dawn with the square kilometre array

Mellema, Garrelt, Koopmans, Léon V E, Abdalla, Filipe A, Bernardi, Gianni, Ciardi, Benedetta, Daiboo, Soobash, de Bruyn, A G, Datta, Kanan K, Falcke, Heino, Ferrara, Andrea, Iliev, Ilian T, Iocco, Fabio, Jelić, Vibor, Jensen, Hannes, Joseph, Ronniy, Labroupoulos, Panos, Meiksin, Avery, Mesinger, Andrei, Offringa, André R, Pandey, V N, Pritchard, Jonathan R, Santos, Mario G, Schwarz, Dominik J, Semelin, Benoit, Vedantham, Harish, Yatawatta, Sarod and Zaroubi, Saleem (2013) Reionization and the cosmic dawn with the square kilometre array. Experimental Astronomy, 36 (1-2). pp. 235-318. ISSN 0922-6435

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The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will have a low frequency component (SKA-low) which has as one of its main science goals the study of the redshifted 21cm line from the earliest phases of star and galaxy formation in the Universe. This 21cm signal provides a new and unique window both on the time of the formation of the first stars and accreting black holes and the subsequent period of substantial ionization of the intergalactic medium. The signal will teach us fundamental new things about the earliest phases of structure formation, cosmology and even has the potential to lead to the discovery of new physical phenomena. Here we present a white paper with an overview of the science questions that SKA-low can address, how we plan to tackle these questions and what this implies for the basic design of the telescope

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Cosmology: Observations, Dark ages, Reionization, First stars, Diffuse radiation, Intergalactic medium, Radio lines: General, Techniques: Interferometric
Schools and Departments: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences > Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Depositing User: Ilian Iliev
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2013 07:40
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 23:50

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