Affordable Access

deepdyve-link
Publisher Website

Lithium hydride in the early universe and in protogalactic clouds

Authors
  • Bougleux, E
  • Galli, D
Publication Date
May 01, 1997
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1093/mnras/288.3.638
OAI: oai:cds.cern.ch:325042
Source
CERN Document Server
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown
External links

Abstract

We examine the processes of formation and destruction of LiH molecules in the primordial gas at temperatures T \leq 5000 K in the framework of standard Friedmann cosmological models and we compute the optical depth of the Universe due to Thomson scattering of cosmic background photons on LiH. With the help of a simple model of evolution of a spherical density perturbation we follow the linear growth and the subsequent collapse of protogalactic clouds of various masses, evaluating consistently their physical characteristics and chemical composition. We determine the expected level of anisotropy of the cosmic background radiation due to the presence of LiH molecules in high-redshift protogalactic clouds. We conclude that LiH spectral features generated in the primordial gas are hardly detectable with current techniques and instrumentation.

Report this publication

Statistics

Seen <100 times