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Linear perturbation theory of reionization in position space: Cosmological radiative transfer along the light cone

Abstract : The linear perturbation theory of inhomogeneous reionization (LPTR) has been developed as an analytical tool for predicting the global ionized fraction and large-scale power spectrum of ionized density fluctuations during reionization. In the original formulation of the LPTR, the ionization balance and radiative transfer equations are linearized and solved in Fourier space. However, the LPTR's approximation to the full solution of the radiative transfer equation is not straightforward to interpret, since the latter is most intuitively conceptualized in position space. To bridge the gap between the LPTR and the language of numerical radiative transfer, we present a new, equivalent, position-space formulation of the LPTR that clarifies the approximations it makes and facilitates its interpretation. We offer a comparison between the LPTR and the excursion-set model of reionization (ESMR), and demonstrate the built-in capability of the LPTR to explore a wide range of reionization scenarios, and to go beyond the ESMR in exploring scenarios involving X-rays.
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yi Mao, Anson d'Aloisio, Benjamin D. Wandelt, Jun Zhang, Paul R. Shapiro. Linear perturbation theory of reionization in position space: Cosmological radiative transfer along the light cone. Physical Review D, 2015, 91, ⟨10.1103/PhysRevD.91.083015⟩. ⟨insu-03644970⟩

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