• A. K. Sarkar

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    • Fisher Matrix Predictions for Detecting the Cosmological 21-cm Signal with the Ooty Wide Field Array (OWFA)

      S. Bharadwaj A. K. Sarkar Sk. Saiyad Ali

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      We have used the Fisher matrix formalism to quantify the prospects of detecting the 𝑧 = 3.35 redshifted 21-cm HI power spectrum with the upcoming radio-imterferometric array OWFA. OWFA’s frequency and baseline coverage spans comoving Fourier modes in the range 1.8 × 10−2 ≤ k ≤ 2.7 Mpc−1. The OWFA HI signal, however, is predominantly from the range 𝑘 ≤ 0.2 Mpc−1. The larger modes, though abundant, do not contribute much to the HI signal. In this work, we have focused on combining the entire signal to achieve a detection. We find that a 5 - 𝜎 detection of 𝐴HI is possible with ∼ 150 h of observations, here $A^{2}_{\text{HI}}$ is the amplitude of the HI power spectrum. We have also carried out a joint analysis for 𝐴HI and 𝛽 the redshift space distortion parameter. Our study shows that OWFA is very sensitive to the amplitude of the HI power spectrum. However, the anisotropic distribution of the k modes does not make it very suitable for measuring 𝛽.

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