The Ly? Luminosity Function and Cosmic Reionization at z?7.0: A Tale of Two LAGER Fields

Hu W.; Wang J.; Zheng Z.-Y.; Malhotra S.; Rhoads, J E; Infante L.; Barrientos L.F.; Yang H.; Jiang C.; Kang W.; Perez, L A; Wold I.; Hibon P.; Jiang L.; Khostovan A.A.; et. al.


We present the largest-ever sample of 79 Ly? emitters (LAEs) at z?7.0 selected in the COSMOS and CDFS fields of the LAGER project (the Lyman Alpha Galaxies in the Epoch of Reionization). Our newly amassed ultradeep narrowband exposure and deeper/wider broadband images have more than doubled the number of LAEs in COSMOS, and we have selected 30 LAEs in the second field CDFS. We detect two large-scale LAE-overdense regions in the COSMOS that are likely protoclusters at the highest redshift to date. We perform injection and recovery simulations to derive the sample incompleteness. We show that significant incompleteness comes from blending with foreground sources, which, however, has not been corrected in LAE luminosity functions (LFs) in the literature. The bright-end bump in the Ly? LF in COSMOS is confirmed with six (two newly selected) luminous LAEs (L-Ly? > 10(43.3) erg s(?1)). Interestingly, the bump is absent in CDFS, in which only one luminous LAE is detected. Meanwhile, the faint-end LFs from the two fields agree well with each other. The six luminous LAEs in COSMOS coincide with two LAE-overdense regions, while such regions are not seen in CDFS. The bright-end LF bump could be attributed to ionized bubbles in a patchy reionization. It appears associated with cosmic overdensities and thus supports an inside-out reionization topology at z?7.0, i.e., the high-density peaks were ionized earlier compared to the voids. An average neutral hydrogen fraction of x(H i)?0.2?0.4 is derived at z?7.0 based on the cosmic evolution of the Ly? LF.

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Título según WOS: The Ly? Luminosity Function and Cosmic Reionization at z?7.0: A Tale of Two LAGER Fields
Título según SCOPUS: The Ly? Luminosity Function and Cosmic Reionization at z ? 7.0: A Tale of Two LAGER Fields
Volumen: 886
Número: 2
Fecha de publicación: 2019
Idioma: English