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Title: Primordial magnetic fields and the HI signal from the epoch of reionization
Authors: Sethi, S.K.
Subramanian, Kandaswamy
Keywords: Magnetohydrodynamics
cosmic magnetic fields theory
inter-galactic medium
Issue Date: 24-Nov-2009
Publisher: IOP Publishing and SISSA
Citation: Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, 2009, Vol.2009, p
Abstract: The implication of primordial magnetic-field-induced structure formation for the HI signal from the epoch of reionization is studied. Using semi-analytic models, we compute both the density and ionization inhomogeneities in this scenario. We show that: (a) The global HI signal can only be seen in emission, unlike in the standard ΛCDM models, (b) the density perturbations induced by primordial fields, leave distinctive signatures of the magnetic field Jeans' length on the HI two-point correlation function, (c) the length scale of ionization inhomogeneities is lesssim1 Mpc. We find that the peak expected signal (two-point correlation function) is simeq 10‑4 K2 in the range of scales 0.5-3 Mpc for magnetic field strength in the range 5 × 10‑10-3 × 10‑9 G. We also discuss the detectability of the HI signal. The angular resolution of the on-going and planned radio interferometers allows one to probe only the largest magnetic field strengths that we consider. They have the sensitivity to detect the magnetic field-induced features. We show that the future SKA has both the angular resolution and the sensitivity to detect the magnetic field-induced signal in the entire range of magnetic field values we consider, in an integration time of one week.
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ISSN: 1475-7516 (Online)
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Copyright: 2009 IOP Publishing and SISSA
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