Oct 13 – 15, 2020
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Oct 14, 2020, 11:00 AM
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Corentin Ravoux


The Lyman-$\alpha$ forest, observed at optical wavelength, is a probe of large-scale matter density fluctuations at redshift higher than 2.1. It consists of absorptions in the electromagnetic spectrum of bright and distant sources such as quasars, due to the Lyman-$\alpha$ transition of intervening neutral hydrogen located along their lines-of-sight. As such, it provides a measurement of the amount of neutral hydrogen in the Intergalactic Medium (Croft et al. 1997).

The latest eBOSS data release (Dawson et al. 2016), provides Lyman-$\alpha$ forest data from 210,000 quasars. These spectra are a unique cosmological probe at high redshift range. The ongoing DESI observations will provide even more spectra with a higher density and resolution.

Large statistics Lyman-$\alpha$ forest data is used to measure the BAO scale using forest auto-correlation and cross-correlation with background quasars (du Mas des Bourboux et al. 2020). Using the small scale information of its 1D power spectrum, Lyman-$\alpha$ forest also offers strong constraints on neutrino and warm dark matter masses (Palanque-Delabrouille et al. 2019). Finally, I will also present a 3D tomographic map of Lyman-$\alpha$ absorption made from eBOSS data covering a near-Gpc$^3$ volume (Ravoux et al. 2020).

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