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  • 1
    Language: English
    In: Nature, December 2018, Vol.564(7736), pp.E35
    Description: [...]their choice to use it over the full band was not justified. Judd D. Bowman1·, Alan E. E. Rogers2, Raul A. Monsalve1'3'4'5'6, Thomas J. Mozdzen1 & Nivedita Mahesh1 1School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA. 2Haystack Observatory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Westford, MA, USA. 3Department of Physics, McGill University, Montréal, Quebec, Canada. 4McGill Space Institute, McGill University, Montréal, Quebec, Canada. 5Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA. 6Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción, Concepción, Chile. *e-mail: judd.bowman@asu.edu Published online 19 December 2018. First results on the epoch of reionization from first light with SARAS 2.
    Keywords: United States–Us ; Massachusetts ; Canada ; Quebec Canada ; Arizona ; Chile ; Space Exploration ; Astronomy ; Ionization ; Astronomy ; Calibration ; Astrophysics ; Ionosphere ; Space Exploration ; Parameter Estimation ; Massachusetts Institute of Technology ; Arizona State University ; University of Colorado ; Mcgill University;
    ISSN: 00280836
    E-ISSN: 1476-4687
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  • 2
    In: Nature, 2010, Vol.468(7325), p.796
    Description: Observations of the 21-centimetre line of atomic hydrogen in the early Universe directly probe the history of the reionization of the gas between galaxies1. The observations are challenging, though, because of the low expected signal strength (~10 mK), and contamination by strong (〉100 K) foreground synchrotron emission in the Milky Way and extragalactic continuum sources2. If reionization happened rapidly, there should be a characteristic signature2, 3, 4 visible against the smooth foreground in an all-sky spectrum. Here we report an all-sky spectrum between 100 and 200 MHz, corresponding to the redshift range 6 〈 z 〈 13 for the 21-centimetre line. The data exclude a rapid reionization timescale of Δz 〈 0.06 at the 95% confidence level.
    Keywords: Sciences (General) ; Physics;
    ISSN: 0028-0836
    E-ISSN: 14764687
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    In: Nature, 2018, Vol.555(7694), p.67
    Description: After stars formed in the early Universe, their ultraviolet light is expected, eventually, to have penetrated the primordial hydrogen gas and altered the excitation state of its 21-centimetre hyperfine line. This alteration would cause the gas to absorb photons from the cosmic microwave background, producing a spectral distortion that should be observable today at radio frequencies of less than 200 megahertz. Here we report the detection of a flattened absorption profile in the sky-averaged radio spectrum, which is centred at a frequency of 78 megahertz and has a best-fitting full-width at half-maximum of 19 megahertz and an amplitude of 0.5 kelvin. The profile is largely consistent with expectations for the 21-centimetre signal induced by early stars, however, the best-fitting amplitude of the profile is more than a factor of two greater than the largest predictions. This discrepancy suggests that either the primordial gas was much colder than expected or the background radiation temperature was hotter than expected. Astrophysical phenomena (such as radiation from stars and stellar remnants) are unlikely to account for this discrepancy, of the proposed extensions to the standard model of cosmology and particle physics, only cooling of the gas as a result of interactions between dark matter and baryons seems to explain the observed amplitude. The low-frequency edge of the observed profile indicates that stars existed and had produced a background of Lyman-alpha photons by 180 million years after the Big Bang. The high-frequency edge indicates that the gas was heated to above the radiation temperature less than 100 million years later. Comment: Accepted version of article published March 1, 2018. Full edited version available through Nature Springer SharedIt at: http://rdcu.be/H0pE
    Keywords: Astrophysics - Cosmology And Nongalactic Astrophysics ; Astrophysics - Instrumentation And Methods For Astrophysics;
    ISSN: 0028-0836
    E-ISSN: 1476-4687
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    In: Nature, 2014, Vol.506(7487), p.163
    ISSN: 0028-0836
    E-ISSN: 14764687
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