The Epoch of Reionization: Theory - Simulations - Observations
In the next 10 years we will learn much about the Epoch of Reionization (EoR). Indeed several radio-interferometers have already started collecting data, looking for the redshifted 21cm signal emitted by the neutral IGM during this era in the history of the Universe (LOFAR, GMRT, MWA, 21CMA&). While these first generation instruments aim at a statistical detection, by the end of the decade, the SKA should start imaging the IGM in 3D. At the same time, new telescopes such as the E-ELT or the JWST will probe deeper into the EoR to detect galaxies at z> 10.
To fully benefit from such a wealth of new information it is needed to improve our understanding and modelling of the high redshift Universe. Numerical simulations of both the sources of radiation, the IGM, and their interaction through radiative transfer will be the main road toward this goal. In the last decade, the field of numerical simulation has become mature enough that a constant comparison between simulations, models and observations has become a standard methodology in astrophysics. This workshop aims to bring together people working on the EoR and strongly involved in this simulation-model-observation interplay.
The following sessions will be held during the meeting: