The Cosmic Near Infrared Background. III. Fluctuations, Reionization, And The Effects Of Minimum Mass And Self-Regulation
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Current observations suggest that the universe was reionized sometime before z similar to 6. One way to observe this epoch of the universe is through the Near Infrared Background (NIRB), which contains information about galaxies which may be too faint to be observed individually. We calculate the angular power spectrum (C-l) of the NIRB fluctuations caused by the distribution of these galaxies. Assuming a complete subtraction of any post-reionization component, C-l will be dominated by galaxies responsible for completing reionization (e.g., z similar to 6). The shape of C-l at high l is sensitive to the amount of nonlinear bias of dark matter halos hosting galaxies. As the nonlinear bias depends on the mass of these halos, we can use the shape of C-l to infer typical masses of dark matter halos responsible for completing reionization. We extend our previous study by using a higher-resolution N-body simulation, which can resolve halos down to 10(8) M-circle dot. We also include improved radiative transfer, which allows for the suppression of star formation in small-mass halos due to photoionization heating. As the nonlinear bias enhances the dark matter halo power spectrum on small scales, we find that C-l is steeper for the case with a complete suppression of small sources or partial suppression of star formation in small halos (the minimum galaxy mass is M-min = 10(9)M(circle dot) in ionized regions and M-min = 10(8)M(circle dot) in neutral regions) than for the case in which these small halos were unsuppressed. In all cases, we do not see a turnover toward high l in the shape of l(2)C(l).