Spectral Line Intensity Mapping (speaker: Tzu-Ching Chang, The Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

Tuesday, March 20, 4:00pm
Marlar Lounge 37-252

Line Intensity Mapping has emerged as a powerful tool to probe the large-scale structure across redshift, with the potential to shed light on dark energy at low redshift and the cosmic dawn and reionization process at high redshift. Multiple spectral lines, including the redshifted 21cm, CO, [CII], H-alpha and Lyman-alpha emissions, are promising tracers in the intensity mapping regime, with several experiments on-going or in the planning. I will discuss results from current pilot programs, prospects for the upcoming TIME and COMAP experiments, and the outlook of future space missions such as SPHEREx and CDIM. I will illustrate how the use of cross-correlation between multiple line intensity maps and deep galaxy surveys will enable unique and insightful measurements, revealing for example the tomography of reionization and the physics of multiple phases of the interstellar medium across redshift.

Host: Jackie Hewitt