Author(s): Aparna Venkatesan7, Jessica L. Rosenberg1, John Joseph Salzer2, Max Gronke6, John M. Cannon3, Christopher J. Miller5, Mark Dijkstra4
Institution(s): 1. George Mason University, 2. Indiana University, 3. Macalester College, 4. Stitch Fix, 5. U. of Michigan, 6. UC Santa Barbara, 7. Univ. of San Francisco
Contributing team(s): Aparna Venkatesan
Low-mass galaxies are thought to play a large role in reionizing the Universe at redshifts, z > 6. However, due to limited UV data on low-mass galaxies, the models used to estimate the escape of radiation are poorly constrained. Using theoretical models of radiation transport in dusty galaxies with clumpy gas media, we translate measurements of the UV slopes of a sample of low-mass low-z KISSR galaxies to their escape fraction values in Ly-alpha radiation, fesc (LyA), and in the Ly-continuum, fesc (LyC). These low-mass starforming systems have potentially steep UV slopes, and could provide a much-needed relation between easily measured spectral properties such as UV slope or LyA line properties, and the escape of LyA/LyC radiation. Such a relation could advance studies of primordial star clusters and the underlying physical conditions characterizing early galaxies, one of the target observation goals of the soon to-be-launched James Webb Space Telescope.
This work was supported by the University of San Francisco Faculty Development Fund, and NSF grant AST-1637339. We thank the Aspen Center for Physics, where some of this work was conducted, and which is supported by National Science Foundation grant PHY-1607611.