A&A 475, 109-114 (2007)
Cosmological hydrogen recombination: Lyn line feedback and continuum escapeJ. Chluba1 and R. A. Sunyaev1, 2
1 Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik, Karl-Schwarzschild-Str. 1, 85741 Garching bei München, Germany
2 Space Research Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Profsoyuznaya 84/32, 117997 Moscow, Russia
(Received 20 February 2007 / Accepted 16 September 2007 )
We compute the corrections to the cosmological hydrogen recombination history due to delayed feedback of Lyman-series photons and the escape in the Lyman-continuum. The former process is expected to slightly delay recombination, while the latter should allow the medium to recombine a bit faster. It is shown that the subsequent feedback of released Lyman-n photons on the lower lying Lyman-(n-1) transitions yields a maximal correction of at . Including only Lyman- feedback onto the Lyman- transition, accounts for most of the effect. We find corrections to the cosmic microwave background TT and EE power spectra with typical peak to peak amplitude and at . The escape in the Lyman-continuum and feedback of Lyman- photons on the photoionization rate of the second shell lead to modifications of the ionization history which are very small (less than ).
Key words: cosmic microwave background -- cosmology: miscellaneous
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