Seminars
 
Baryon Acoustic Oscillations in the Lyman-alpha Forest of BOSS Quasars
 
Location
Barcelona, Sala de graus Eduard Fontserè
Date
14/03/2013 - 14/03/2013
 
I will describe the first observations of baryon acoustic oscillations (BAO) in the clustering of the inter-galactic medium. The analysis uses a large sample of high redshift (z = 2-3) quasars observed by the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS) to probe the Lyman-alpha forest.

We estimate the 3D correlation function of the transmitted flux fraction and simultaneously measure the BAO standard ruler along and transverse to the line of sight using some novel fitting techniques. We interpret these measurements as constraints on the recent expansion history of the universe and the role of dark energy.

I will review acoustic oscillations and previous measurements of the BAO standard ruler, then describe the unique features of a Lyman-alpha forest measurement and present the new BOSS results.

This seminar takes place at 11:30.

Contact email: jordi.miralda(a)gmail.com
Generalitat de CatalunyaUniversitat de BarcelonaUniversitat Autònoma de BarcelonaUniversitat Politècnica de CatalunyaConsejo Superior de Investigaciones CientíficasCentres de Recerca de Catalunya