Interpreting the cosmic far-infrared background anisotropies using a gas regulator model

Hao Yi Wu, Olivier Doré, Romain Teyssier, Paolo Serra

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Cosmic far-infrared background (CFIRB) is a powerful probe of the history of star formation rate (SFR) and the connection between baryons and dark matter across cosmic time. In this work, we explore to which extent the CFIRB anisotropies can be reproduced by a simple physical framework for galaxy evolution, the gas regulator (bathtub) model. This model is based on continuity equations for gas, stars, and metals, taking into account cosmic gas accretion, star formation, and gas ejection. We model the large-scale galaxy bias and smallscale shot noise self-consistently, and we constrain our model using the CFIRB power spectra measured by Planck. Because of the simplicity of the physical model, the goodness of fit is limited. We compare our model predictions with the observed correlation between CFIRB and gravitational lensing, bolometric infrared luminosity functions, and submillimetre source counts. The strong clustering of CFIRB indicates a large galaxy bias, which corresponds to haloes of mass 1012.5M at z = 2, higher than the mass associated with the peak of the star formation efficiency. We also find that the far-infrared luminosities of haloes above 1012M are higher than the expectation from the SFR observed in ultraviolet and optical surveys.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3974-3995
Number of pages22
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2018
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


  • Galaxies: haloes
  • Galaxies: star formation
  • Submillimetre: diffuse background
  • Submillimetre: galaxies


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